India-returnee Nepali migrant workers flocking home for festivals

Published On: September 26, 2022 03:35 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

RANJHA, Sept 26: Like every year during festivals, Nepalis have been returning home in hordes from neighboring Indian cities for the upcoming Dashain festival. 

The Jamunaha transit point in Nepalgunj has witnessed an increasing number of Nepali people returning home for the festival. Around 5,000 people are entering Nepal through the transit on a daily basis for the past some days, said Senior Sub Inspector Madhav Rijal, adding that most of these returnees were migrant workers. 

In general, Nepali people returned home from jobs in Indian cities for festivals like Dashain, Tihar and Chhath. After the festivals are over and there is no work at home, they again go back to their work in India. Most youths from Lumbini and Karnali provinces go to Indian cities for job opportunities. The seasonal migrant workers return home for festivals and to harvest and cultivate crops, said Rijal. 

However, the India-returnee Nepali migrant workers face the perennial problems of extortions and other hassles at the border especially during festivals. Security arrangements have been made at the transits to facilitate the mobility of the Nepali people returning home for the festivals, said Superintendent of Police Shyam Krishna Adhikari. 

In view of Dashain, citizen help desks have been set up at seven places in Banke district including Jamunaha, Nepalgunj Bus Park, Kohalpur Buspark, Samjhana Chowk and Chisapani of Baijanath, Dhanauli of Khajura and Kusum of Raptisonari, which hear and address the problems and complaints of the Nepali people returning home from Indian cities, he said.


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