MoLTM green signal for JITCO trainees

KATHMANDU: Ministry of Labour and Transport Management (MoLTM) has issued directives to send industrial trainees (ITs) to Japan. Outsourcers can send Nepali industrial workers to Japan from today, Minister for Labour and Transport Management Mohammed Aftab Alam said in a press meet here today. Minister Alam approved the directives on Monday.

The directives have made outsourcing agencies responsible for all processes — marketing for Nepali trainee, sending ITs and bringing them back to Nepal — under the Japan International Training Cooperation Organization (JITCO) system. “We have made things comprehensive to reduce fraud,” said Alam. “Revision will be incorporated from lessons learned in implementing stages.”

According to the directives, outsourcing agencies can take a maximum of Rs 50,000 for their service fees including language course and medical examination. “We are bound to work within the limit,” said Tilak Rana Bhat, president of National Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA). “Outsourcers will help this new destination to grow.”

JITCO is a priority programme of MoLTM for the fiscal year 2009-10. Minister Alam’s team had visited Japan on October 23-28 to expedite the process through signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU). The ministry had selected 172 outsourcing agencies including Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce (FNCCI) for sending ITs to Japan in May.

JITCO has opened 64 occupation and 120 courses for industrial trainees, which includes agriculture, fisheries, electronics, textile, construction, tailoring and others.

Under the process, industrial workers having two years experience can be eligible for industrial trainees for one year which will later turn to industrial internship for two years.

“JITCO is only for industrial trainees,” said Purna Chandra Bhattarai, joint-secretary. “Only honest and hardworking workers can be selected for Japanese recruiting firms.”

The fate of industrial interns is decided by the ITs’ sincerity and hard work, he added.

Under JITCO, trainees can earn monthly allowance of Rs 50,000 while interns earn more than Rs 1,00,000 a month.