HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Department of Foreign Employment has decentralised its working procedure. It has handed over monitoring rights to labour offices located in zones.
Now labour offices can carry out monitoring jobs to safeguard migrant workers, said director general of department Purnachandra Bhattarai. “Labour offices located in the zones will monitor outsourcing agencies, their agents and other migration activities under Foreign Employment Act 2007,” he said.
According to him, labour offices based in Butwal and Pokhara have already started monitoring branches of outsourcing agencies and their agents. Department’’s data reveals there are 175 registered agents and four dozen branches in country. However, many agents are not registered yet.
“We are planning to hand over other rights to different agencies according to the need at the local level,” he said. Foreign employment law has promised to expand services to districts through decentralisation of the rights of the department. However, nothing has been done till date.
Foreign job aspirants have to travel to Kathmandu for almost all the work. Outsourcing agencies are centred in Kathmandu and the country’’s only international airport — Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) — is also located in the capital. The foreign employment law has made it mandatory for foreign job aspirants to use TIA for departures.
Similarly, the department has facilitated Nepali diplomatic missions in Gulf countries and Malaysia to start labour diplomacy. “The government has provided local staff to facilitate monitoring of Nepali workers,” said Bhattarai, adding that the staff also prepare cases for victims. “They are doing a tremendous job to safeguard Nepali workers.”