The first batch of Bangladeshi workers is set to fly to Malaysia this afternoon (Thursday)for the first time under state arrangements.
Some 70 workersare likely to leave Shahjalal International Airport at about 12:40pm amid high expectations.
An inauguration ceremony was held in this regard in the city earlier in the morning.
Labour and employment minister, engineer KhandakerMosharraf Hossain among others joined the occasion as chief guest at the Haji Camp in Ashkona in Dhaka.
While addressing the workers, he said“we have to work hard in order to make progress. Whatever the situation is, please, do not escape or leave your work places without prior permission of the authorities.”
Sources said the workers will now have to pay nearly Tk7,500 less than their actual plane fare.
According to the previous arrangement, the migration cost to Malaysia for each worker was nearly Tk40,000.
The aspirant workers deposited Tk35,000 in the ProbashiKalyan Bank (expatriates welfare bank), which includes Tk31,000 for plane fare, a welfare fee of Tk2,000, and a service charge of Tk2,000.
They spent Tk3,500 for medical checkups and Tk1,000 for training purposes.
Before the government-to-government arrangement, private recruiting agencies charged each worker more than Tk200,000, which is five to six times higher than what the aspirants are paying now.
Earlier, the government made a decision for private recruiters to mandatorily send workers abroad for jobs from the government database, which will help eliminate the involvement of middlemen in the migration process and reduce the migration cost.
The expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry issued a circular on March 28 to implement the government decision.