“If any recruiting agencies are found to be charging more that the fixed amount, stern action will be taken against them – the ministry will cancel their licences with immediate effect,” the minister told the Dhaka Tribune.
He urged all job seekers planning to apply for jobs in Saudi Arabia to place complaints directly at the ministry if any recruiting agency demands extra money.
A committee has been formed to monitor the matter as well, the minister added.
Saudi Arabia recently lifted a six-year ban on the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in local jobs. During the ban, only Bangladeshi domestic helps were recruited in Saudi Arabia.
Nurul said the ministry fixed the migration cost after consulting different stakeholders – including Bangladesh Association of International Recruitment Agencies (Baira) – following a directive from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The ministry has already received a large number of applications for jobs in Saudi Arabia, the minister informed.
He said, for the first time ever, farmers from Bangladesh will be able to apply for jobs in Saudi Arabian agricultural sector.
Besides, Bangladeshis will be able to apply for jobs in information technology, construction, sales and medical service sectors as well. “Demands for workers in those sectors have increased in Saudi Arabia,” the minister said.
Earlier, the minister inaugurated a three-day training programme for labour welfare diplomats at Prabashi Kalyan Bhaban in Dhaka.
The training is being attended by 41 Bangladeshi labour attaché officials from 27 missions in 24 countries.
Addressing the ceremony, the minister urged all labour attaché officials to work intensively in the countries where they are posted to expand opportunities for Bangladeshi migrant workers.
As the number of Bangladeshis migrating overseas is increasing every day, the minister instructed ministry officials to ensure their rights and safety.
The minister admitted that although remittance sent by migrants make 13% of the country's total GDP, there are many migrants who send money home using illegal channels, such as hundi.
He instructed labour attachés to encourage migrant workers to use legal means to send money home.
The event was also attended my acting secretary of the ministry Begum Shamsun Nahar, among others.