B'desh won't allow expats to work for more than 5 yrs

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Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNI) Bangladesh government has decided not to permit immigrants to work in the country for more than five years in order to encourage the locals to grasp technical knowhow.

The decision would affect Indian and Pakistan workers who dominate the work market in the country, especially the textile sector.

At least 25 work permits were cancelled on the grounds that a few foreign nationals hid their actual income to evade government revenue which lead to cancellation of around 25 work permits.

The board of Investment, a government agency, was working on other complaints regarding tax evasion by foreign nationals.

As part of the tightened policy, the board was not allowing foreign nationals whose income was shown below 500 dollars a month.

The Board would also not allow ordinary workforce from abroad to ensure more jobs to the locals in industries fully owned by foreign nationals or joint venture companies.

''If any industry desires to transfer technical know-how to the local people, five years is enough for the task,'' daily star quoted BOI director as saying.

Meanwhile, many owners of shrimp hatchery plants blamed that the home ministry was objecting to a majority of their work permits without any valid ground.

The industry was heavily dependant on Thai experts, but the government had rejected a good number of work permit applications from Thai nationals on grounds that locals were able to do the same task.

Foreign nationals are working in Bangladesh in mainly textile and telecom sectors, buying houses, hatchery plants, aviation, cement, glass, software and re-rolling industries.


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