KATHMANDU: National Planning Commission (NPC) Vice Chairman, Deepenra Bahadur Chhetri, has underlined the need of policy reforms for making the foreign employment sector safe and systematic.
Releasing a review report on foreign employment policy and its implementation at a programme here on Thursday, he said the Nepali workers going on foreign employment have been facing various hassles as the government policies related to foreign employment sector are not practically implemented.
He stressed the need of correcting the shortcomings in the foreign employment sector and also reforming the related policies in tune with the time.
Secretary at the Ministry of Labour Somlal Subedi pointed out the need of effective regulation of the foreign employment sector to prevent the workers from being cheated by unscrupulous foreign employment agencies.
Member of the NPC, Dr Ganesh Gurung, Acting Director General at the Department of Foreign Employment, Surya Prasad Bhandari and Chief of the International Organisation on Migration, Sarat Das, also spoke of the need to making the foreign employment secure and systematic through collective efforts of the stakeholders.
President of the Foreign Employment Agencies' Association, Bal Bahadur Tamang, said the works related to foreign employment have not been effective due to lack of synchronisation between the Association and the Department of Foreign Employment.
The policy review report jointly prepared by the NPC and the International Organisation on Migration is an assessment of the implementation status of the foreign employment related policies and regulations from 2007 to 2010 and the topics that need to be reformed.
As per the government statistics, between 1,000 to 1,500 Nepalis go on foreign employment daily. So far 2.3 million Nepalis are working in different countries.