Govt mulls drive to curb human trafficking

Kathmandu, June 8

The government is preparing to launch Fast Track Rescue Operation to check trafficking of Nepali migrant workers to foreign job destinations via India and Sri Lanka.

As part of the operation, the government is also planning to coordinate with these two nations to make ‘no objection’ certificate mandatory for migrant workers.

According to Ganga Ram Gelal, director general at Department of Immigration, Ministry of Women Children and Social Welfare, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Department of Consular Services and Department of Immigration discussed the issue before the decision was taken.

“With the motive of rescuing migrant workers, we decided to launch the campaign in coordination with the government of India,” said Gelal. Human trafficking is on the rise

due to the open border with India.

He informed that through the MoFA, the governments of India and Sri Lanka were requested to make it mandatory for aspiring Nepali migrants, who travel via these nations to foreign job destinations, to produce ‘no objection’ certificate.

Gelal also stressed on raising awareness among migrant workers. “To increase awareness among migrant workers, the government will coordinate with different governmental and non-governmental organisations, public and local levels.”