Nepali embassies in Gulf seek additional staffers

- HOM KARKI, DOHA (QATAR)

Oct 11, 2014-

Nepali embassies in Qatar and Saudi Arabia are finding it hard to provide services for want of office space and human resources, officials concerned said.

“We do not have enough manpower to deal with increasing number of service seekers,” Nepali Acting Ambassador to Qatar

Ganesh Dhakal said, adding that they also lack adequate budget.

He said employees as well as service seekers are forced to stay in the open as the embassy building lacks space.

He said their repeated requests to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to shift the office to a convenient area and appoint adequate employees have not been addressed.

Nepali Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Udayaraj Pandey said they are also facing problems due to a lack of adequate human resources. “We need additional staffs to deal with the ever increasing number of service seekers,” he said.

Earlier, during the visit of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey to the UAE, chiefs of Nepali embassies in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Oman and Egypt had drawn the attention the government to address the problems. “We were then assured of a

solution but we do not know about further development. We are waiting for the problems to be addressed,” said an embassy official.

Meanwhile, officials at the Nepali Embassy in Kuwait said they are put in trouble due to a Labour Ministry’s direction to allow Nepali housemaids to work in Kuwait though they had suggested not to do so.

“Many Nepali housemaids have arrived in Kuwait

and it is difficult to rescue them in case of an emergency,” Ambassador Bishal Bhattarai said.

 

Published: 12-10-2014 04:02

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