Govt plans to send 55,000 women workers abroad

May 26, 2010

The government expects to receive demand orders for sending 55,000 women workers abroad in the next fiscal year, mainly for housekeeping services.
The parliamentary standing committee on labour and employment ministry yesterday disclosed the details on the prospect of migrant labour.
After completing a 21-day training course, a woman can go abroad and engage in the service at a cost of Tk 30,000 only, according to the committee.
Bangladesh’s foreign missions send requirements for such workers to the government’s respective offices, based on demand for migrant labour in different countries, said M Israfil Alam, chief of the committee, after a meeting at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
The government plans to send about 50,000 women workers against the demand orders in the next fiscal year, said Alam, also an Awami League lawmaker.
Unemployed women can easily take a three-week training course on housekeeping from technical training centres (TTCs), run by the labour ministry, and can fit themselves into jobs abroad, Alam added.
The labour ministry is listing the women who have completed training at the TTCs. There are five centres for women.
In the current fiscal year, the government has so far sent 34,000 women to different countries, including Lebanon, UAE, Jordan and Saudi Arabia against demand orders for 40,000.

Courtesy of The Daily Star

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