KATHMANDU: he country’s youth are so smitten by a desire to go abroad that on an average as many as 400 youngsters flock to Metropolitan Commissioner’s Office to procure police character certificate, which is a must if they hope to get a visa.
In fact in December, 12,065 youths procured the certificates, according to the data available with Nepal Police Character Verification Section.
“On all working days serpentine queues can be seen outside MCO for the police character certificate. All are youngsters. It’s disheartening to see so many youths wanting to go abroad,” MCO Deputy Inspector General Ganga Pandey told The Himalayan Times.
“There are days when we have to dole out more than 450 certificates. The police character certificate is one of the most vital documents required for seeking visas. It reflects on one’s behaviour and shows that the person was never involved in any kind of criminal activity in his or her lifetime,” says Sub-Inspector Dhyan Bahadur Pandey.
Sub-Inspector Pandey adds, “Most of the certificate seekers are youngsters below 25 years of age. Males outnumber females, though there is not much difference in the number.”
Sharmila Shrestha, one of the certificate-seekers, told THT: “I’m a university student. Since my father retired from his job, we have been facing a tough time. Despite several attempts I could not a land a respectable job justifying my qualification. For the sake of my family I have to go abroad. We arranged the money from a bank, with our house as a collateral. Tall promises are not enough for the youths like us, who do not want to leave the country but are forced to do so.”
“I have no big dreams. But I believe I deserve a job according to my qualification. To procure a job in Nepal, either you have to have right connections or you need to dole out money. Unfortunately, I have neither. So I’m trying to flee the country,” says another youth, Dipankar Sharma, who THT came across standing in a queue outside MCO.
Another certificate seeker, Santosh Maharjan, adds, “Our parents spent so much on our education, but after we got the degree, there was no job. It’s been almost two years since I finished my education, but I am still jobless. The government has done precious little to generate employment for the country’s youth.”