September 22: The government has come up with a policy arrangement to implement legal and procedural systems for long-term solution to the issues related to the country’s foreign labour migration.
A meeting chaired by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on September 11 and 12 took the decision to make foreign employment safe, orderly and systematic. Nepal’s ambassadors from 12 major labour destination countries had also attended the meeting.
According to Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Sarat Singh Bhandari, the government will explore new destinations for foreign jobs and sign bilateral labour agreements them.
Likewise, the government has decided to ensure the rights and social security of the migrant workers, and also pledged to simplify the labour approval process and to make the roles of diplomatic missions more effective.
Similarly, Minister Bhandari said that bringing the dead bodies of the migrant workers and reintegration of the returnees would be ensured under the social welfare responsibility.
The government has also decided to establish the Labour Migration Division within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Bhandari shared that the term of reference of the Division would be formulated to manage Roaming Ambassador and Labour Attaches by coordinating with the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security.
As per the decision, the government will simplify the visa verification process by amending the guidelines on labour permit approval for personal labour approval system.
In order to simplify the payment process for renewing labour permit, the Labour Ministry would coordinate with diplomatic missions and Nepal Rastra Bank. Similarly, the government has also decided to set up relief and rescue fund at all labour destinations. For the mobilization of the fund, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will prepare a directive within a month. The cost of transportation of the dead bodies of migrant worker would be borne by the fund, and the fund would be reimbursed by the government later.
As per the decision, the country would establish a diplomatic mission in the countries having more than 10,000 Nepali workers. Such missions would however have 'dry positing' of Under Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a labour attaché and a local employee, according to Minister Bhandari.
It has been estimated that Portugal, Romania, Malta, Cyprus, Croatia, the Maldives, Poland, Turkey have more than 10,000 Nepali workers. The government is preparing to create a quota for labour councilor and labour attaché for these countries. The Ministry of Labour would prepare a proposal within a month in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Similarly, the meeting pointed out the need of establishing quotas for appointing labour councilor and labour attaché in Japan, Germany, Austria and Israel and for a labour attaché in South Korea. The labour councilor and labour attaché would have three years' term in minimum hereafter.
The meeting held at Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers was attended by DPM and Defense Minister, Purna Bahadur Khadka; DPM and Home Minister, Narayan Kaji Shrestha; Labour Minister Bhandari, Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud, PM's Chief Political Advisor Haribol Gajurel, Chief Secretary Dr Baikuntha Aryal, Secretary at Labour Ministry, Kewal Prasad Bhandari, Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudel and Nepal's ambassadors to 12 different countries and general consuls. -- RSS