Concerned agencies have been asked to compensate workers returning home after failing medical test
Kathmandu, February 21 The International Relations and Labour Committee of the Parliament has directed concerned agencies to take action against health institutions, if migrant workers carrying medical certificate issued by such institutions fail medical test in the destination country. In today’s meeting of the committee, lawmakers said such anomalies had surfaced due to lack of action against such health institutions. The meeting also directed the Ministry of Labour and Employment to make arrangements for providing compensation to migrant workers returning home after failing medical test in the destination country. The meeting also directed the ministry to submit within 15 days a working procedure along with a clear concept and concrete criteria for monitoring and renewal of health institutions that have been issuing health certificates to workers going for foreign employment. The meeting also directed the concerned agencies to adopt the provision whereby only the concerned embassy or mission can validate the letter of demand for Nepali workers. It issued a directive to the concerned agencies to inform it within seven days of the reason for authorising only two health institutions to conduct medical examination of workers going to Israel for foreign employment. At the meeting, Minister for Labour and Transport Dipak Bohara said licences of 201 health institutions were renewed. He also said that 83 health institutions were not issued licence as they failed to meet the criteria. Minister Bohara shared that the government was in the process of verifying news reports about the Malaysian government reportedly banning entry of Nepali workers. Nepali ambassador to Malaysia has been asked to seek information in this regard. He further said that the government officially could not find out the truth due to official holiday in Malaysia until Saturday. Minister Bohara added that Nepali workers carrying labour permit were not facing any trouble in Malaysia. Issues related to labour permit, demand letter acceptance, medical test, renewal of licences and monitoring of health institutions issuing medical certificates to workers were discussed at today’s meeting.