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Disna Mudalige

The Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Bureau (SLFEB) will take stern action against those who migrate to Malaysia for employment by exploiting tourist visas, a bureau spokesman told the Daily News yesterday. The SLFEB had conducted several discussions with the Malaysian Embassy in Sri Lanka.

It was agreed to launch a web system to exchange data pertaining to the Sri Lankans who travel to Malaysia, to prevent illegal migration for employment. The Malaysian Embassy has raised concerns over this matter with the Sri Lankan government.

He said that 11 individuals who arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport to fly to Malaysia were detained last Friday after being confirmed that they were migrating for work by the means of tourist visas.

Under the new system, information regarding the nature of employment, the consolidated salary and the name and address of the institution will be uploaded to the computer. The eligible applicants will be issued working visas by the embassy after thorough scrutinizing of these details.

The SLFEB also requested migrants to complete the training programme of the Bureau and to sign a job agreement with it before they leave. “We receive complaints from Sri Lankan migrants over non payment of promised salary etc. If these migrants had signed agreements with us prior to their leaving, we could have mediated over the issues”, he said.

The spokesman also said that considerable number of Sri Lankans are working in Malaysia and Singapore without a valid working visa.

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Sri Lanka and Malaysia have reached an agreement on a number of issues that have been confronting the Sri Lankan job seekers who seek jobs in Malaysia. The discussions had been held at the Malaysian High Commission in Colombo,headed by its Chairman Kingsley Ranawaka.

Chairman Ranawaka said that a number of issues had come up for discussion with the Malaysian Authorities, which had been headed by High Commission's Administrative Secretary, Azizel Hakeem Buwan, with the aim of minimising the problems faced by the Sri Lankan job seekers in Malaysia.

The two parties had come to an agreement to make it compulsory for Sri Lankans seeking jobs in Malaysia to undergo a training under the Bureau of Foreign Employment.

The talks between the two parties had also centred preventing the Sri Lankan job seekers from entering Malaysia using tourist visa.
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During the Employment Promotional Visit to Doha, Qatar, Hon Dilan Perera held special meetings with the Recruitment Agencies and Companies at the Mercure Hotel in Doha on the 9th May 2011





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During his visit to Middle-East, Hon Dilan Perea, met with a group of Sri Lankans at the Mercure Hotel, Qatar to discuss welfare measures that needs to be in place for Sri Lankan migrant workers.

08.05.2011 evening






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විදේශ රැකියා ප්‍රවර්ධන හා සුබ සාධන අමාත්‍ය නීතීඥ ඩිලාන් පෙරේරා මහතා ප්‍රමුඛ ශ්‍රී ලංකා විදේශ සේවා නියුක්ති කාර්යාංශයේ හා විදේශ රැකියා ප්‍රවර්ධන හා සුබ සාධන අමාත්‍යාංශයේ නිලධාරීන් පිරිසක් පසුගිය දා මැදපෙරදිග රටවල් කිහිපයක රැකියා ප්‍රවර්ධන වැඩසටහනක නිරත විය සෞදි අරාබිය, කටාර්, කුවේට් සහ එක්සත් අරාබි එමීර් රාජ්‍ය යන රටවල මෙම ප්‍රවර්ධන වැඩසටහන් ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන ලද අතර, අබුඩාබි නගරයේ හිල්ටන් හෝටයේදි එරට ව්‍යාපාරික ප්‍රජාව සමග විශේෂ හමුවක් අමාත්‍ය ඩිලාන් පෙරේරා මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් පැවැත්විණි. මේ හමුව සඳහා එරට කම්කරු අමාත්‍යාංශයේ නිළධාරීන් පිරිසක් සහ ව්‍යාපාරිකයින් විශාල පිරිසක් සහභාගී වූහ. එහිදී අමාත්‍යවරයා ව්‍යාපාරික පිරිස ඇමතූ අයුරු හා ඊට සහභාගී වූ ව්‍යාපාරික පිරිස ඡායාරූපයේ වේ.

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During an Employment Promotional Road-Show in the Middle-east, Hon Minister Dilan Perera and the Ministry Secretary Mr. Nissanka Wijeratne, paid surprise visits to several accommodation centers to check the facilities provided for Sri Lankan workers. The Pictures are from a site inspection in Doha, Qatar on the 9th May 2011.



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Discourages maids from seeking jobs abroad in bid to safeguard their interests


* Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/Gulf News

* Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Perera said skilled and semi-skilled workers were easily trainable and can cater to the global demand.

Dubai: Sri Lanka is seeking more job opportunities in the UAE for its skilled workforce whilst discouraging housemaids from travelling abroad to take up employment, a Sri Lankan minister said in Dubai yesterday.

Dilan Perera, Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare (FEPW), is visiting the UAE as part of a mission to promote employment opportunities in three countries — Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

"About 45 per cent of the 250,000-strong Sri Lankan workforce in the UAE [are] employed as housemaids. But now, we are discouraging them from travelling abroad for work because this creates more problems than solutions," he said.

Around 35 to 40 grievances are received on average every month from housemaids in the UAE. However, this is much lower than the number of grievances received in other countries in the region.

"The number of complaints is almost ten times lower in the UAE."

Grievances include cases of harassment by employers, harassment by recruitment agents and cases of maids who want to return home due to health problems.

To protect housemaids, the minimum age for working outside the country was recently increased from 18 to 21, and there is a plan to increase this further, Perera said.

"We urge UAE recruiters to look at employing more of our skilled and semi-skilled workers," Perera said at an employment promotion seminar organised yesterday by the Embassy and Consulate of Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the FEPW and the Bureau of Foreign Employment in Sri Lanka.

"Sri Lanka has a literacy rate of 95 per cent, one of the highest in South Asia. The workforce is easily trainable and could cater to the global demand," he said. "The number of skilled labourers already employed in various sectors in the UAE is clear evidence that Sri Lanka could supply to the needs of international standards."

The breakdown

Last year, over 42,000 Sri Lankans found jobs in the UAE — 11,285 as housemaids, 13,231 as unskilled workers, 2,945 in clerical jobs, 2,480 in middle level jobs, 2,037 in semi-skilled jobs, 9,328 in skilled jobs and 763 in professional employment.

The country's diversified and skilled human resource pool is backed by government measures to safeguard the interests of employers and employees, the minister said.

"Sri Lanka blacklists recruitment agencies [which] have failed to fulfil their obligations, as well as employees who return without reason before their job contracts are completed."

Perera said that the duration of the recently introduced seven-day government-sponsored training for workers before they embark on work abroad will soon be increased to 21 days.

"The workers will undergo basic training in the language of the destination country as well as [the] English [language]."

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The number of Sri Lankan housemaids working in the UAE and other Gulf Countries will gradually decrease as the country aims at focus more on exporting skilled labour force.

Even as they are unofficially discouraging it citizens to take up housemaid jobs abroad, the Sri Lanka authorities are currently chalking out plans to implement this policy officially, reported The Gulf Today.

According to a top government representative visiting the Emirates, the government is exploring the skilled labour market as it aims to organize the labour force and train its citizens in different skills.

Dilan Perera, Minister for Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare of Sri Lanka, said that the authorities are unofficially discouraging the citizens to take up housemaid jobs abroad, as the country gradually trains the people for more skilled and dignified professional opportunities.

“The title and job description of the domestic workers also have to be upgraded from ‘housemaid’ to ‘housekeeper’ in accordance with training them scientifically. There’s also a long-term term plan for demanding compulsory minimum wage system for the migrant Lankan workforce abroad,” the minister indicated.

“An innovative mechanism is currently being developed in Sri Lanka to implement job-specific, country-specific and company-specific training programmes for the citizens, who seek foreign opportunities,” he said, speaking on the sidelines of Sri Lanka Employment Promotion Seminar staged in Dubai on Sunday.

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A Delegation led by the Hon Minister Dilan Perera met with Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Tawar-Al-Kuwari, Vice Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in Doha to discuss employment opportunities for semi skilled and skilled workers from Sri Lanka.




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Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Dilan Perera will begin an official visit to Qatar today on an invitation extended by the Qatari Government to explore the possibility of getting more jobs for Sri Lankans.

A delegation comprising senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau and Chief Executive Officers of recruitment agencies in Sri Lanka will accompany the minister.

Apart from bilateral meetings with the Qatar ministers, the Sri Lankan delegation will conduct two meetings to discuss ways and means to increase employment opportunities for Sri Lankan nationals in Qatar.

These meetings will be with a cross-section of Sri Lankans living in Qatar and representatives of recruitment agencies and companies in Qatar. A large number of companies and recruiting agencies has been invited to these meeting by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Doha.

Earlier in February, this year Minister of External Affairs Prof. G L Peiris during his official visit to Qatar held many bilateral discussions with the Emir and ministers.

As Qatar prepares for the 2022 Soccer World Cup, discussions were held on Sri Lanka’s expertise in the construction services sector and skilled employment opportunities for Sri Lankan employees.

A proposal was also presented to the Qatari private sector to set up vocational training centres in Sri Lanka that would provide systematic training for jobs including opportunities in the medical sector for nurses and pharmacists.

There are around 100,000 Sri Lankan employees in Qatar in different sectors in various positions.

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Hon. Dilan Perera, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare, welcomed HE Mr. Jongmoon Choi, the New Ambassador of Korea in Sri Lanka, on 06th May 2011 at the Ministry Office.

Hon. Dilan Perera said that Korea and Sri Lanka have had long and cordial relations with each other. His ministry had closer links because it was responsible for implementing the inter governmental agreement on employment of Sri Lankans in Korea. Sri Lanka has currently a quota of 7500

HE Jongmoon Choi said that there was agreement among Korean employers that Sri Lankan workers sent under the agreement were good workers and loyal to the institution. He was troubled that Sri Lanka was not able to fill the existing quota.

Hon. Dilan Perera said that a renewed effort was being made to produce those who would be qualified to meet the standards for recruitment. He canvassed for higher quota. HE Jongmoon Choi agreed to discuss the issue with the authorities in Korea.

The meeting was held in a extremely cordial manner. At the end, HE Jongmoon Choi invited Hon. Dilan Perera to visit Korea. Hon. Dilan Perera accepted with thanks.
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Hon. Dilan Perera, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare met the HE Ms Orit Noked, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Israel on 05th May 2011 at the Ministry Office. HE Ms. Orit Noked was accompanied by Dr. ( Mrs) Taniv Rophe , Director General , Mr. Itzak Ben David , Director General , HE Mr. Mark Sofer , Israel Ambassador Sri Lanka and a large business delegation from Israel.

The Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare has close relations with the Israel Ministry of Agriculture. Over 300 Sri Lankans are working in Israel in the agriculture sector, whose availability in Israeli was facilitated by an inter-governmental agreement. Hon. Dilan Perera used this opportunity to discuss the expansion of the numbers in the agricultural field and, also broached, new areas of employment, like Care givers, Construction Workers.

Two Ministers exchanging gifts

Sri Lanka and Israeli delegations listening to a Agri worker who spoke in fluent Hebrew

Proud Agri workers who returned from Israel - pictured with the two ministers

A number of returnee Sri Lankan agricultural workers were also present to meet HE Orit Noked. One gave a fluent speech in Hebrew. All agreed that Israeli’s were notable farmers and expressed an unanimous desire to return on a further contract. HE Orit Noked expressed satisfaction with the quality of work of the Sri Lankan worker and was supportive of increase in their numbers and widen the catchment for further employment.

The meeting was held in an extremely cordial atmosphere and, at its conclusion HE Orit Noked extended an invitation to Hon. Dilan Perera to visit Israeli.
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ප්‍රියදර්ශන ලියනගේ, ඩබ්ලිව්. ඒ. ජගත් - කුරුඳුවත්ත

ත්‍රස්‌තවාදය මාතෘභූමියෙන් සදහටම අතුගා දැමීම සඳහා විශ්‍රාමයන තුරුම ජීවිත පරිත්‍යාගයෙන් කැපවී ක්‍රියාකර ඉරාකයේ පුද්ගලික ආයතනයක රැකියා සඳහා ගිය ශ්‍රී ලාංකික රණවිරුවන් 41 දෙනෙක්‌ වැටුප් නොමැතිව මාස දාසයක්‌ තිස්‌සේ දුක්‌ විඳිමින් සිටින බව ප්‍රකාශ වේ.

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පිහිටි ඉරාක තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ අවසරය ඇතිව නිත්‍යානුකූලව වීසා ලබාගෙන මෙම පිරිස 2009 අගෝස්‌තු මාසයේදී ඉරාකයට ගොස්‌ ඇත.

මොවුන් ඉරාකයට ගොස්‌ ඇත්තේ ඉරාක රජයේ නිවාස හා ගොඩනැඟිලි කොන්ත්‍රාත්කරුවෙකු යටතේ වූ ආයතනයක අරක්‍ෂක රාජකාරි සඳහායි. මෙම රණවිරුවන් පිරිස මේ වනවිට මාස විස්‌සක්‌ අදාළ කොන්ත්‍රාත්කරු යටතේ ආරක්‍ෂක රාජකාරි කටයුතුවල නිරත වී ඇත. නමුත් ඔවුන්ට වැටුප් ගෙවා ඇත්තේ මාස විස්‌සෙන් මාස හතරකට පමණි.

මේ නිසා මෙම රණවිරුවන් පිරිස අද අන්ත අසරණ තත්ත්වයට පත්ව ඉරාකයේ අමරා සහ බැග්ඩෑඩ් යන නගර දෙක තුළ සිරවී සිටිති. අමරාහි සිටින පිරිසට නිසි පරිදි කෑම බීම සහ අනෙකුත් පහසුකම් නැකි බවද වාර්තාවේ.

මේ පිළිබඳ 'දිවයිනට' අදහස්‌ දැක්‌වූ සුමතිපාල මහතා - මගේ පුතා උතුරු නැගෙනහිර ක්‍රියාන්විත හමුදා රාජකාරිවල විශ්‍රාම යන තුරුම නිරත වී සිට ඉන් අනතුරුව සහෝදර රණවිරුවන් 40 දෙනෙක්‌ සමග ඉරාකයේ රැකියාවකට 2009 වර්ෂයේ අගෝස්‌තු මාසයේ පිටත්ව ගියා.

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පිහිටි ඉරාක තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ අවසරය ඇතිවයි මෙම පිරිස ගියේ. නමුත් මෙම පිරිසට මාස 16 කින් වැටුප් ලබාදීලා නැහැ. මේ පිළිබඳ ඔවුන් විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශයටත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ඉරාක තානාපති කාර්යාලයටත් දැනුම් දී තිබෙනවා. නමුත් මේ වන තුරුත් ඔවුන්ට සහනයක්‌ ලැබිලා නැහැ. අපි ජනාධිපතිතුමා ගෙනුයි විදේශ ඇමැතිතුමා ගෙනුයි ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ මේ ප්‍රශ්නයට වහාම මැදිහත්වී අපේ දරුවන්ට සහනයක්‌ ලබා දෙන ලෙසයි.

පී. ජානකී මහත්මිය - මගේ සැමියා ඉරාකයේ රැකියාවට යනවිට අපි දෙන්නා විවාහවෙලා මාස හතරයි. මගේ දරුවා ලැබුණු ගමන් දරුවගේ මූන බලන්න එනවා කියලයි ගියේ. නමුත් අද මගේ සැමියා සහ සහෝදර රණවිරුවන් ඉරාකයේ තනි වෙලා. මම ජනාධිපතිතුමාගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ සැමියාට ලැබිය යුතු හිඟ වැටුප් ලබාදී කඩිනමින් ඔවුන් ලංකාවට ගෙන්වා දෙන ලෙසයි.

ඉරාක රජයේ නිවාස හා ගොඩනැඟිලි කොන්ත්‍රාත් කරු වැටුප් ඉල්ලූවිට සේවකයන්ට පවසා ඇත්තේ ඉරාක රජයෙන් මුදල් නොලැබුණු නිසා මුදල් ගෙවිය නොහැකි බවයි.