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Tougher migrant law gets cabinet nod

HasinaDhaka, 12 August, Abnews : The cabinet today has given final approval to a tougher law to make the activities of the overseas recruiting agencies transparent, ensure their accountability and preserving the rights and interests of the migrant workers. The cabinet has approved the draft bill titled ‘Overseas Employment and Migrant Workers Act, 2013’ in its cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The draft bill proposed highest 10 years rigorous imprisonment and Taka five lakh fine for violation of immigration law. The bill also proposed seven years imprisonment and fine of Taka three lakh for forgery of the demand letter, visa and work permit. In case of publishing of any fake advertisement, the draft law proposed for seven years imprisonment and fine of Taka three lakh.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary M Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said, said the law has proposed provisions to deliver justice against the offences in connecting with overseas employment. Ministers, state ministers in charge of different ministries, concerned secretaries attended the cabinet meeting held at cabinet room of the Bangladesh Secretariat.

The new law would replace the existing ‘Immigration Ordinance 1982’ for recruiting agencies to check forgery, deception and illegal practice to protect the interests of the overseas job seekers and migrants and their welfare, he said.

The proposed law has provision of filing case by an aggrieved person against the recruiting agency in the court. It also has specific guideline about the procedure of filing cases, acceptability of the cases, bail and compensation, the cabinet secretary said.

The cabinet also approved a work plan conceptualizing the perspectives of Bangladesh to execute the Istanbul Programme of Action adopted in the Fourth UN Conference on LDCs to make the

country graduate from the group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs).



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