A government representative has made claims that the execution of several government decisions related to the welfare of migrant workers have been delayed. Despite these decisions having been taken at the highest levels of government, they are yet to see the light of day due to alleged lack of cooperation from certain state officials. These officials have been described as presenting 'obstacles' to the implementation of the aforementioned welfare decisions.
Fight Against Internal Pushback
The representative elucidated that in order to extend some sort of relief to migrant workers, the government had to battle it out with resistant officials. He expressed dismay over the lack of support within their own system, as the push for beneficial reforms for migrant workers was met with resistance. This adversarial environment has resulted in delays and inaction.
A Case of Missed Opportunities
The representative also shed light on a recent duty-free housing loan that was approved for migrant workers. Despite having received Cabinet approval and having conducted the necessary discussions with the respective authorities at the nation's central bank and other banking institutions, the Treasury and Central Bank officials have not yet put the necessary measures in place.
Waiting for a Change
In addition to this, the government representative revealed that the Cabinet had, almost 14 months ago, also approved the increase in duty relief for migrant workers purchasing confectionaries at the airport. This was designed to be proportionate to the foreign exchange they had generated. Even though the President subsequently issued a gazette to this effect, the proposal is yet to be implemented by the nation's customs authorities.
This situation has resulted in a growing call for accountability from government institutions and officials. The delay in improving the conditions for migrant workers, one of the most vulnerable and significant labor groups in many countries, underscores the need for diligence and action from those in power. It serves as a reflection on the implementation capacity of the government, and prompts questions about the efficiency and effectiveness of the government's decision-making and execution processes.