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Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agency (Baira) on Sunday said they would stop providing all sorts of service regarding manpower export from Monday, accusing the government of making the market stagnant.
“We’ve decided to stop providing all sorts of service on manpower export from Monday. In the name of sending people abroad through public initiatives, the manpower export market has been made stagnant,” Baira president M Shahjalal Mazumder told a press conference at its office.
Baira secretary general Ali Haider Chowdhury was, among others, present at the press conference. However, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain welcomed the Baira decision and said it will help the government send workers abroad in a smoother way.
“The decision won’t have any negative impact on manpower export. It’ll rather help make the process smoother,” he told UNB over phone when his comments was sought.
He said the government will be able to send workers at a lower cost following the Baira decision and the manpower export will increase remarkably. “I welcome them (for their decision).”
The minister urged the Baira leaders to help the government send more workers abroad with minimum costs.
Responding to a question, Hossain said it is taking a bit of time to send workers to Malaysia as the government is bringing the entire thing under a framework.
He also said the government will take those to task who hacked the registered selected workers list that was uploaded on the ministry webpage. “The list has been reloaded.”
As per the Baira the decision, the private sector in the manpower export industry will remain off from sending people abroad. However, Baira had taken a similar decision earlier and then stepped back saying they would welcome if the government can send workers abroad.
“When the private sector will realise the importance of the private sector, only then we’ll start providing services,” said the Baira president.
While reading out a written statement, Shahjalal Mazumder said they have so far sent abroad 85 lakh people as of 2012 from 1982. “As a result, the remittance inflow crossed the US$ 14-billion mark in 2012.”