The Delegated Legislation and Government Assurances Committee under the National Assembly has directed the government to be serious about the issue pertaining to delay in allowing aspiring Nepali people to travel to South Korea for jobs and make necessary arrangements in this regard.

The committee's meeting held today discussed with the respective ministry, sector and victims in this regard and asked the government to make necessary arrangements to send aspiring Nepalis who have passed the Korean language test to go to South Korea for job prospects in an easy and prompt way.

In a concluding remark, the meeting pinpointed that job aspirants should not get stuck regarding the matter citing only the COVID-19 restrictions.

On the occasion, the committee President Ram Narayan Bidari said they had received many complaints regarding the delay in allowing aspiring Nepali workers to head to South Korea for jobs.

The East-Asian country has agreed to receive Nepali workers following the operation of direct flights between Nepal and South Korea. The workers are required to comply with safety measures against COVID-19 and stay in quarantine facility upon reaching there.

"The second wave of the virus infection caused the delay," said a government official.

"Process of sending the workers in a Korean aircraft through direct flight has started as the Nepal Airlines Corporation, the flag carrier of Nepal, has not been allowed to operate direct flight," said Surya Prasad Gautam, secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

Similarly, committee members Radhe Shyam Adhikari and Khim Lal Devkota demanded that the authorities concerned, including the Nepali Embassy in South Korea should take initiatives in this regard.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 30 2021, of The Himalayan Times.