NAFEA directed to form new exec body

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Feb 26, 2015-

The Kathmandu District Administration Office has directed the Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA) to replace the existing executive committee with a new one by March 29.

Eleven NAFEA executive committee members, who had resigned en masse earlier this month citing disagreements with Chairman Hansa Raj Wagle, had lodged a complaint at the local administration seeking dissolution of the existing committee.

The DAO has also asked the establishment to involve the dissident faction in election.

“As it now looks inappropriate to hold the general convention on February 27 as previously scheduled, the concerned stakeholders are requested to hold election by March 29,” the DAO said in a statement on Wednesday.

Former second vice-chairman of NAFEA Kumud Khanal, who leads the dissident faction, said the DAO’s decision has opened way for leadership change. “Hopefully, the establishment will set date for general convention after consulting with the Nepal Democratic Foreign Employment Entrepreneurs’ Forum, Progressive Foreign Employment Entrepreneurs Forum and Nepal Foreign Employment Tamudhi as directed by the DAO,” said Khanal. The dissident faction had quit, accusing Wagle of working against the interests of recruiting agencies and migrant workers.

They claim that Wagle abused his authority by supporting VLN Nepal, an agent providing visa processing duty at the Malaysian Embassy in Kathmandu,

and controversial biometric system. The biometric system

was suspended by the Malaysian government two weeks into its operation in January. Visa processing fee has shot up from Rs 700 to

Rs 3,900 after VLN started

processing visa. Wagle, who took charge of NAFEA following the ouster of Bal Bahadur Tamang through a no-confidence motion, has been accused of deliberately delaying the election and the general convention. NAFEA has not held its election since April 2012. Sources said Wagle was trying to put off the election until he is sure of a win.


Published: 27-02-2015 08:40

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