Vol. 5 Num 1141 Tue. August 14, 2007  

Camel Jockeys in UAE Bangladeshi children to get compensation

Bangladeshi children who worked as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at any time after January 1, 1993 and suffered physical and mental illness will get compensation from the UAE, says a press release.

The children who were under 18 during the period will be eligible for the compensation.

The UAE government decided to compensate following a memorandum of understanding signed with Bangladesh government on April 25.

Meanwhile, the home ministry has formed a three-member administrative board to look after the procedure of giving compensation.

The camel jockeys have been asked to submit their applications for compensation to deputy commissioners in a prescribed form by October 31.

The forms will be available at the district administration office free of cost.

A technical committee will scrutinise the applications and arrange the medical test for the children concerned at the deputy commissioners' office.