Print Edition - 2014-05-03 | News
Committee asks MoFA to fill ambassadorial posts
May 2, 2014-
The International Relation and Labour Committee of the Legislature-Parliament on Friday directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to initiate the process of filling vacant positions of ambassadors in various countries. Sixteen Nepali missions across the globe are currently without their heads.
Two key ambassadorial appointments—New Delhi and Washington DC— have been lying vacant. In January 2011, the then government, acting upon the directions of the Committee on International Relation and Human Rights of the then Legislature Parliament recalled Nepal’s Ambassador to India Rukma Samsher Rana for holding an important position in Dabur Nepal, a subsidiary of an Indian multi-national company.
The ambassadorial position in Washington DC, the capital of United States, has been vacant after Shankar Sharma completed his four year term. Residential ambassadors in Egypt, Thailand, Germany and Sri Lanka among others also do not have envoys.
The Parliamentary committee has asked the MoFA to submit any sort of document the ministry prepares regarding foreign policy. According to Committee Secretary Binod Bhandari, the meeting on Friday requested the MoFA to take up the issue of inundation of lands bordering India with the southern neighbour.
The committee also asked the Ministry of Labour to ensure female migrant workers going abroad with necessary training and counselling. The government has banned females below the age of 30 from seeking employment in the Gulf. The ban was imposed with a view to protect female from the mental, physical and sexual exploitation they face while working in dismal conditions. The committee then voiced their opinion on the need for separate lines for males and females while granting work permits and machine readable passports.
Published: 03-05-2014 08:41