Dhaka, Bangladesh
KSA to take steps for female workers' safety: Secretary

KSA to take steps for female workers' safety: Secretary

News Desk Saudi Arabia has assured Bangladesh that necessary steps would be taken to ensure the safety of Bangladeshi female workers in its country. Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Md Salim Reza expressed this view while speaking at a press briefing at Probashi Kallyan Bhaban in the capital on Monday. Reza said the third joint technical committee meeting between the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment and Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development was held in Riyadh on November 27. The meeting decided to launch an IT platform 'MUSANED' where female workers' addresses, full contact information of Bangladeshi and Saudi recruiting agencies, changed information of recruiters, female workers' arrival dates and other related information will be preserved. The secretary also said setting up an 'Approval Window' at MUSANED system of Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia will also be considered. Police will not hand over the female workers to their recruiters if they escape, said Reza adding that Bangladesh and Saudi recruiting agencies will take the responsibility of the female workers during their stay in Saudi Arabia. Recruiting agencies will arrange residential and other facilities for the workers awaiting repatriation, he said. The agencies concerned will inform the Bangladesh Embassy and Saudi Labour Ministry when the working period of female workers will end. If the workers want to continue work after the expiry of their contracts, they have to renew the deed and that should be approved by the Bangladesh Embassy. The agencies concerned will preserve the updated information in MUSANED. If any female worker falls in trouble, Saudi Department of Protection and Support will bring the issue to the notice of the Saudi authorities.

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