Some foreigners are unlawfully residing in Bangladesh for years together. They came to Bangladesh on tourist visa. Then they worked in different commercial organisations and are residing here. Most of them are working in garment factories, buying houses, advertising agencies and foreign companies. They are from India, Sri Lanka and European countries. Most of them remit money back home through ‘Hundi’ system, an informal channel of transferring money.
A news report said that Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told parliament that at present one lakh 12 thousand and 485 foreigners are working in Bangladesh. Of them 910 foreigners are residing illegally. The time allowed in their visas has expired. Special Branch (SB) maintain the list of illegal foreigners.
Foreigners remit $ 4 billion from Bangladesh every year
The minister also said some 20 thousand 656 Indians are working in different organizations, industries, development project and in power sector in the counry. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated July 1,2016). Another news report said Awami League (AL) joint secretary Mahbub-Ul –Alam Hanif proposed introduction of income taxes on foreign nationals earning in Bangladesh. Hanif said that foreign experts take away some $ 4 (four) billion as expert allowance from the country every year.”
Income tax evasion by foreigners must be stopped. Appointment of foreign experts indiscriminately must also be topped,” he added.
Hanif suggested that Bangladesh could impose 25 per cent income tax on foreign experts and earn some 8,000 (eight thousand) crore from the foreigners yearly. (see The New Age, dated June 23, 2016). We hope National Board of Revenue (NBR) will look into it and do the needful in this regard.
Various misdeeds by foreign nationals
Some foreign nationals were allegedly involved in various misdeeds in collaboration with Bangladeshi nationals.They earn money deceiving innocent people. According to a news report Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) – 2 arrested six people including four Nigerians from Lalmatia in the city for selling fake herbal seeds named ‘Bio Livia.’ They sold 59 seeds at Tk. 3 lakh to one Mehdi Hasan who later filed a fraud case.
These Nigerians arrested are : Moduvuike Onyeskachi, Nwesu Chimezie, Opara MeDonald and MaduvuikeChristian and Bangladeshi national Sayed Taslim Shadat Wasti and a womanSayema Saidur Bristi alias Sonia. They launched attractive advertisement of aphrodisiac herbal seeds ‘Bio Livia’ in online media and deceived innocent people. (see The Daily Observer, dated June 4, 2016)
Another news report said law enforcers arrested a Chinese national named Zou Jian Hui, 38, from the Elephant Road, Prime Bank A.T.M. (automatic teller machine) booth. The security guard at the ATM confined him inside the booth having seen him taking so much time than usual and called on the bank authority. After getting information RAB – 2 and police rushed to the spot and arrested him. Zou Jian Hui withdrew a sum of Tk. 66,000 using two ATM cards of the Middle – East based foreign bank.
ATM forgers withdrew Tk. 575,000
It also said ATM forgers withdrew Tk. 575,000 from three booths of Prime Bank in the city. The digital bank burglars pumped out the money from Elephant Road, Farmgate and Panthapath booths within a short time from 6.20 a.m. to 6.40 a.m. They drew Tk. 310,000 from Panthapath booth, Tk. 199,000 from Farmgate booth and Tk. 66,000 from Elephant Road booth. They used 11 ATM cards of Middle East – based bank. (see The Financial Express, dated May 19, 2016)
Another news report said some $176 billion equivalent to Tk. 13732 crore in 2012, $60 equivalent to Tk, 4630 crore in 2011, Taka 20 thousand 576 crore in 2006, Taka 18 thousand 794 crore in 2007 was siphoned off out of Bangladesh. (see The Bangladesh Pratidin, dated December 18, 2014.
A news report said some $966 crore equivalent to Taka 75 thousand crore in 2013 and $587 crore 70 lakh was siphoned off out of Bangladesh in last 10 years. The money was laundered through informal channels to Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Malayasia, Switzerland, South Africa and Philippines. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated March 3, 2016).
Transferring $400 crore every year
Another news report said foreign nationals who are working in Bangladesh are transferring $400 crore equivalent to Taka 32 thousand crore every year. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated March 28,2016).
A news report said police arrested six persons including a German national Piotr Szczepan Mazurek and three officials 0f City Bank for stealing Tk. 24 lakhs from six ATM booths at Eastern Bank, City Bank and United Commercial Bank in the city. The money was withdrawn by using duplicate cards collecting information of clients’ cards and PIN (Personal Identification Number) numbers through installing video camera and skimming devices. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated March 7, 2016)
Another news report said more than two lakh foreign nationals are residing in Bangladesh. Of them 71 in Bangladesh. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated May 24, 2016)
A news report said RAB arrested 10 counterfeit currency note makers and suppliers from the city. Of them seven are from Cameroon and two from Congo. (see The Bangladesh Pratidin, dated August 10, 2016)
Another news report said police detained 44 Nepali nationals from Mirpur area in the city as they did not have any legal document for staying in Bangladesh. Around 10,000 Nepalis have been staying illegally since their visas expired. (The Daily Observer, dated August 5, 2016)
The government should take effective measures to find out foreign nationals who are residing illegally and are involved in various crimes. Priority to appointment of Bangladeshis should be given if they are found efficient and competent than the people of other countries.