NC registers proposal of public importance

Published On: June 5, 2019 05:30 PM NPT By: RSS

KATHMANDU, June 5: The main opposition Nepali Congress has registered an urgent proposal of public importance relating to a ban on Nepali workers seeking jobs in Malaysia at the Federal Parliament Secretariat.

The issue of Nepali migrant workers are looked after by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. The proposal demands discussions to lift the ban as soon as possible through diplomatic efforts to ensure Nepali youth's right to job opportunities. The document has been proposed by party lawmaker Dila Sangraula and backed by Ram Bahadur Bista and Dev Prasad Timilsina.

The proposal states that workers continue to be subjected to financial cheating due to an inability to check and control a money game in the medical checkup, orientation and the verification of demand letter and lack of transparency in the service charge being collected from aspiring migrant workers.

During the last fiscal year of 2017/18, 821 Nepali migrant workers had died in several countries, which highlighted the need for coaching migrant workers about practical measures related to physical safety and other security issues before moving out of the country, and the Nepali Embassy in destination country should be mobilised so as to ensure the safety issue of migrant workers, the proposal notes.

It seeks to make the foreign employment sector safe, reliable and decent. Presently, Malaysia has around 500 thousand Nepali workers and annual remittance by them is billion of rupees. But lately, the country is banned for Nepali workers, which has shrunk the possible labour market for working class people, while Malaysian employers have started searching for an alternative to the Nepali labour force. Though the governments of both countries for the first time on 29th October 2018 signed the Labour Pact, the government is yet to formally start sending workers there.

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