Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, has negated claims that Bangladesh is the 4th largest remittance source for India, terming it as ‘totally incorrect’.
Shringla’s observations came at the back of President of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin underlining that Bangladesh is the fourth largest source of remittance for India.
“The information given by Mr Mohiuddin on the Bangladeshi remittance earned by India is totally incorrect…I don’t know from where you (Mohiuddin) got the information. Forward it to the High Commission, if you have the relatable information,” reportedly stated the Indian High Commissioner while delivering his speech as the chief guest at an international exhibition on textile being organised at Dhaka’s International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) recently.
It may be mentioned here that in July this year, a media report claimed that Bangladesh is the 4th largest remittance source for India, remitting about US $ 10.00 billion in 2017. It further claimed that the remittances were sent through illegal channels while also alleging that there are hundreds of thousands of Indians in Bangladesh, most of who are illegal migrants. The report citing a data, which it claimed was produced by the Ministry of Home Affairs, alleged that 500,000 Indians were staying in Bangladesh illegally in 2009 and many of them were found working in different establishments such as NGOs, garments, textile, and IT; and sent money back home through illegal channels.