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Minister: Over 400,000 migrant workers returned in a year during pandemic

The government has taken various steps for the socio-economic rehabilitation of the migrant workers who returned to Bangladesh, says Imran Ahmad

Update : 11 Jan 2023, 08:13 PM

A total of 443,000 migrant workers returned to Bangladesh in between April, 2020 to May, 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad told this in parliament on Wednesday responding to a tabled question from Awami League MP Mamunur Rashid Kiran.

He said that the government has taken various steps for the socio-economic rehabilitation of the migrant workers who returned to Bangladesh.

The minister said that under the government's declared incentive package, Tk 429.59 crore was given to 15,706 as rehabilitation loan. In addition, 52,074 migrant workers were given Tk1,106 crore as loan with low interest rate for going abroad again.

Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumdar told parliament that as of January 8, the government food warehouse has 1.83 million tons of food grains.

Responding to a question of AL MP Ali Azam, the food minister said of the total food grains, there are 368,000 tons of wheat and 1.47 million ton of rice and 1,381 ton of paddy.

He said the government has a target of importing one million ton of rice in the current financial year. 

Of these, the government has already taken measures to import 377,000 ton of rice from India, Vietnam and Myanmar under G2G system.

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