Secretary pledges to implement free visa, ticket for migrant workers

KATHMANDU: Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Employment Ram Kumar Acharya on Monday said that the Foreign Employment Act would soon be enacted to make foreign employment business disciplined and transparent.

At an interaction held by Foreign Employment Promotion Board (FEPB) and Foreign Employment Journalists Society today, Secretary Acharya said that the Act was in the final stage of amendment and stressed the necessity of suggestions and support of the concerned stakeholders in the undertaking.

The Secretary spoke of his determination to help implement provisions for free visa and ticketing for the aspiring migrant workers as it would be in their interest.

Govinda Mani Bhurtel, the Ministry's Spokesperson, said an agreement was in the offing between Saudi Arabia and Nepal for providing facilities to the Nepali workers heading there on a par with international standards.

The Ministry was facing hurdles in administrative works due to absence of a political leadership, he added.

Meanwhile, FEPB Director Umakanta Paudel warned of taking stringent action against businessmen and organisations selling the tickets and visas received freely from the destination countries to the workers.

Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies President Bimal Dhakal attributed the additional problems faced by the government to its lack of preparedness while arranging free visas and tickets while stating the necessity for charging minimal fees to send poor Nepali workers to secure employment opportunities abroad.