Govt steps in to insure migrant workers

Dhaka,  Thu,  08 December 2016
Published : 19 Oct 2016, 21:55:57

Govt steps in to insure migrant workers

FE Report


The Wage Earners' Welfare Board (WEWB) under the expatriates' welfare ministry has taken step to bring Bangladeshi migrant workers under insurance coverage.

The board will frame guidelines on the proposed insurance programme in light of the similar programmes in other countries, especially Sri Lanka and the Philippines, said an official of the board.   

"To gather ideas, an official team will visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines shortly," said Zahid Anwar, an assistant director at the WEWB.

The board has also asked for proposals from a number of local insurance companies to let it know the procedures for making the system operational, he said.

With a view to ensuring security of migrant workers, the board has taken the step, he said.

The official said many workers are coming back home with different difficulties every year like illness. Some of them return home empty-handed.

"If they are brought under insurance coverage, they will be able to do something for income generation," he added.

However, the official said currently, they provide necessary assistances such as Tk 35,000 for carrying dead body of each migrant from abroad and Tk 300,000 for his family as grant from the Wage Earners' Welfare Fund (WEWF).

The migrants who die after six months of their returning home their family also get the same facility.

If any migrant becomes sick during working abroad, they will get Tk 100,000 from the board for treatment.     

According to statistics of the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), nearly 10 million Bangladeshis went abroad between 1976 and until September 30 of 2016.       

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