Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– The government has cancelled licences of 30 manpower agencies during the last two years and realized BDT 50 million fine from those agencies on charges of realizing exorbitant fees for sending manpower abroad, a top official said.

“After receiving allegations against the agencies from the aggrieved the ministry carried out investigation and accordingly cancelled and suspended the licenses, fined the laws violators,” Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan said at a press briefing at his ministry’s conference room in the capital Dhaka on Sunday.

Mr. Khan also said the government has also suspended licences of many manpower agencies for violating manpower export laws.

“The procedure to file complaints under immigration laws has also been relaxed enabling the aggrieved to file complaints through online,” the secretary added.

He said many steps have been taken to introduce one stop service to enable the intending overseas goers to complete their necessary procedures smoothly.

He informed that the flow of remittance has increased by 17 per cent on an average during last ten years.

He said the Bangladeshi expatriates living abroad have now crossed over 10 million.

BBN/SSR/AD-03Oct11-10:35 am (BST)