Staff Reporter:Oct 18, 2018 – Describing training as very much essential for the overseas job-seekers, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday advised the overseas job-seekers to take proper training before going abroad.“It’s very unfortunate that the people who want to go abroad with job are less interested to get training,” she said while laying the foundation stone of Bangladesh Consulate Building here this afternoon.The premier said the untrained expatriate workers fall in danger abroad as they tend to just “manage certificates” by spending a little amount of money without going through any practical training.“It’s very regretting and attention needs to be given in this regard,” she said.The prime minister said the government is providing training to the people intending to go abroad with jobs. “This training is very much important for them, otherwise they become victims of torture and repression while staying abroad,” she said.The prime minister said many overseas job-seekers fall in danger after falling prey to the middlemen by selling their land and property.“They have to suffer in prison day after day due to their wrong decisions,” she said.In this connection, she said the expert expatriates could play an important role by providing information to them.The prime minister stressed the need for utilizing the Expatriates Welfare Fund for the wellbeing of the expatriates solely.
“Major amount of foreign exchange comes from the remittances sent by the expatriates and our embassies and missions are run by their money. So I want the Expatriates Welfare Fund to be utilised for their welfare,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said the fund will be spent for setting up schools for the children of the expatriates and those schools will also be run through the fund as the fund has been created with the money of the expatriates. “We’ve to work keeping this in mind,” she said.Regarding the closure of the Bangladeshi school in Madinah, the prime minister said the school will not be shut down, it will remain operational.“For this I will give money whatever is required,” she said asking the Prime Minister’s Office secretary to take necessary measures in this regard.Highlighting her government’s steps for the welfare of the expatriates, the prime minister said her government has established Probashi Kallyan Bank for them.“We’ve taken steps for solving the problems of the expatriates and those who want to go abroad can take loan from the bank for the purpose,” she said.Elaborating her government’s initiatives for development of the country,the prime minister said her government is implementing a 10-year perspective plan side by side with five-year plan.“We’ve framed the Delta Plan-2100 keeping in mind what will be the condition of the country in the next century as well as the future of the next generation,” she said.The prime minister said Bangladesh now appeared as a development role model in the world keeping its move towards achieving its status as an advanced economy.Sheikh Hasina reiterated her determination to build a middle income country by 2021 and a developed and prosperous one by 2041. “We don’t want a single person to remain homeless and hungry in the country and we’re working untiringly to achieve this goal,” she said.The prime minister also recalled the expatriates’ contributions to the country’s socioeconomic development as well as their role in every movement and struggle.Bangladesh Ambassador to KSA Golam Moshi was present on the occasion, among others.Earlier, the prime minister laid the foundation stone of Bangladesh Consulate Building in Jeddah by unveiling its plaque.