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Labour Minister to utilise tourist hotels as quarantine centers for returning migrant workers

Labour Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has instructed relevant authorities to take immediate action to establish quarantine centers for Sri Lankan migrant workers who are being repatriated.

The Minister stated this during a discussion held yesterday (10) at the Ministry of Labour.

According to him, this will only be applicable to migrant workers who have registered with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment.

He observed that with regard to the Foreign Employment Bureau's Act, the Bureau's funds can only be spent on migrant workers registered with the Foreign Employment Bureau, and therefore, those who have gone abroad for employment through alternative ways won't be able to avail these benefits.

The Minister instructed to check tourist hotels that are currently closed for this purpose. If these hotel owners wish to provide their hotels as quarantine centers, the Minister instructed the Bureau of Foreign Employment to call for applications through a public notice.

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