New programme to ensure security, welfare of Lankan migrant workers
COLOMBO: Moves are under way to develop the foreign employment
sector to ensure the security and welfare of Sri Lankan migrant workers
under a new programme initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Employment
Promotion and Welfare.
The programmes will be completed soon, Ministry sources said. Foreign
Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that
steps would be taken to sign MoUs with Middle Eastern countries and
other countries in this connection to ensure the security and welfare of
Sri Lankan migrant workers.
"Steps will be taken to strengthen the existing MoUs by giving them
legal value under the new programme," said the Minister.
He said that with the conversion of the Foreign Employment Promotion
Ministry as a separate cabinet ministry, it was now able to directly
intervene in the matters and needs of Sri Lankan migrant workers.
The Ministry plans to introduce proper training facilities for those
going for migrant jobs as with its aim to send trained employees to
these countries .
The Foreign Employment Bureau is arranging facilities to teach the
Korean language for those seeing jobs in Korea.
The Government of Korea has agreed to give logistic support and
Korean language teachers to carry out this programme, the minister said.
He said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Secretary to the President
Lalith Weeratunga had pledged their support to develop the foreign
employment sector with a view to ensure the security of Sri Lankan
migrant workers. New offices will be open at the BIA for the convenience
of the migrant workers, to provide them with an honourable service.
Steps will be taken to obtain space from Katunayaka to set up two
Sahana Piyasa Centres in addition to the existing centre, sources said.