NAFEA members quit in protest of ‘power abuse’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Feb 14, 2015-

Eight executive committee members of the Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA) have resigned en masse, accusing Chairman Hansa Raj Wagle of working against the interests of recruiting agencies and migrant workers.

Kumud Khanal, Madhuri Poudel, Durga Bahadur Limbu, Thirmani Poudel, Rajesh Shanker BK, Amunda Giri, Mohan Kumar Dhungel and Tek Raj Gyawali resigned earlier this week, claiming that Wagle abused his authority by supporting controversial systems introduced by Malaysia.

They have blamed Wagle of supporting VLN Nepal, an agent providing visa processing duty at the Malaysian Embassy in Kathmandu, and controversial biometric system which was suspended by the Malaysian government two weeks after its inception in January.

Visa processing fee has gone up from Rs 700 to Rs 3,900 after the entry of an VLN.

Wagle is also accused of delaying the election and the general convention of NAFEA. Talking to the Post, the disgruntled members said they demand dissolution of the current executive board and election for a new board.

NAFEA has not held its election since it last elected Bal Bahadur Tamang on April 2012. Wagle took the NAFEA reins after he ousted Tamang through a no-confidence motion with alleged support of two-thirds of its member employment agencies. Tamang has filed a petition at the Supreme Court, accusing the current establishment of forging signature to oust him.

In a statement issued by the disgruntled group, it has said: “He (Wagle) tried to assassinate the character of executive members with disrespectful words when we suggested him to respect the law and regulation while taking decision. He has been misusing his post to fulfil his ill motives.”

Sources said that Wagle was trying to put off the general convention to ensure his victory in election.

Wagle has urged the dissatisfied members not to act against the discipline and to defend the interests of recruiting agencies.


Published: 15-02-2015 09:17

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