POST TIME: 7 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 7 March, 2018 01:23:08 AM
No ban on workers by Kuwait: Govt
Only ‘Khadim visa’ halted temporarily, says Shahriar

No ban on workers by 
Kuwait: Govt

The government has confirmed that there has been no ban on recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait in various categories but a temporary restriction is imposed on Visa20 category, better known as Khadim visa, reports UNB. "This is wrong reporting based on partial information published in foreign media," State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, now on a visit to Kuwait, told UNB over phone yesterday citing reports run by a section of Bangladesh media. He said a section of people violated the rules of Visa20 category and brought more than one person for single family. For this reason, the State Minister said, the visa for this particular category will remain restricted until further notice. "But visa for other categories remains open for Bangladeshi," he said.

The State Minister said the government is sincerely working to stop irregular migration. "We will help Kuwait government in this regard." "We requested Kuwait government to issue family visa for people who are working for long time. They told us they will actively consider that," he said. He said he talked to Bangladesh community in Kuwait on Monday and gave necessary directives to work together to stop irregular migration.

The State Minister said there is no restriction for Visa18 (company visa and labour) and Visa17 (government offices) categories. He said Visa18 category is the most widely used one.

Meanwhile, the State Minister held separate meetings with Deputy Foreign Minister of Kuwait Khaled Sulaiman Al-Jarallah and Chairman of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industries Ali Mohammed Thunayan Al-Ghanim. They discussed various issues of mutual interest.

Our staff reporter adds: Meanwhile, minister for expatriate welfare and overseas employment, Nurul Islam, yesterday said initiatives will be taken by the ministry to resume the manpower market in Kuwait.

The minister was speaking as the chief guest at a dialogue on "World labour market and Bangladesh context". Journalists Forum on Migration (JFM) organised the dialogue at a city restaurant to mark its first founding anniversary, with its president Monir Hossain in the chair.

Referring to the manpower business, the minister warned that the government would not give shelter to any syndicate involved in a monopoly business to send workers abroad.

He said the expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry was working hard to make the migration process easy, safe, transparent and sustainable. He also said the ministry was working towards reducing migration costs.

The minister emphasised the need to provide self-defence training to female workers so that they could protect themselves.

He said Bangladeshi workers abroad have earned a reputation for themselves. Discipline has been restored in the migration sector as many good and educated people have joined the profession, he noted.

He urged everyone to help boost the migration sector, saying that his ministry was ready to take action against corrupt people.