Tarai youths migrating to mid-west hills for work

Rukum, December 31

Naresh Dahit, of Khairichandanpur in Bardiya, has been working as a daily wage labourer in Rukum for the past three months. Dahit found his way to Rukum as he travelled across the mid-west hills working and looking for work.

A group of 30 people including Dahit, who had worked at a drinking water project under the Small Urban Development Plan at Salyan headquarters Khalanga for a year, have now found their way to Rukum in search of work.

The 30 men are now employed as daily wage labourers laying pipelines for the Small Urban Development Drinking Plan at Rukum’s Musikot.

The number of youths travelling to hilly districts from Bardiya, Banke, Kailali, Dang, and other places, in search of job has been increasing of late. While youths from the hills migrate to foreign countries seeking jobs, youths from Tarai migrate to the hills for jobs.

Workers from Tarai travel from district to district, working on construction projects. Som PrasadTharu of Bardiya said that he and his group of friends will move to Dailekh after work on the Small Urban Development Plan was done in Rukum.

A daily wage labourer can earn up to Rs 40,000 a month in such projects.

Manager at Kankai International Builders Rukum Uttam Khadka said that there were as many as 200 labourers from Tarai working at his company at the moment.