Ministry to table proposal soon

  • preps to send nepali workers to israel
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 18, 2015-

The Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) is preparing to table a proposal in the Cabinet seeking the government’s approval for sending Nepali workers to Israel. Ministry officials said the proposal may be forwarded this week after it is revised by the ministries concerned.

Cabinet approval of the plan will formally open the way for the government to send Nepali migrant workers through the government-to-government channel. Earlier this month, Israel had dispatched a letter to Nepal seeking its approval to send workers through G-to-G channel. The Law Ministry is currently reviewing the provision enlisted in the proposed letter.

“Israel wants to hire 150 Nepalis in the first phase of the G-to-G initiative. The workers won’t have to bear any cost,” said a Labour Ministry official. Israel plans to hire 1,500 workers from Nepal every year.

Israel, one of the most sought-after destinations for Nepali caregivers, has not hired Nepalis through recruitment agencies since April 2009 citing irregularities in the process. However, many caregivers and trainee farmers have been going there at their own initiatives or that of the Israeli government.

“If the Law Ministry approves the draft, it won’t take much time. We will have to wait a few more weeks if it objects to the contents of the letter,” said MoLE spokesman Buddhi Bahadur Khadka.

MoLE officials said authorised Israeli companies will hire workers in the presence of government officials. Candidates require training from prescribed centres and meet criteria such as language, age and health.

Israel is considered a safe and lucrative destination for Nepali workers, given the good work environment and handsome pay and benefits it assures. A caregiver earns around USD14,000 annually in Israel. Before Israel banned their involvement, recruiting agencies charged jobseekers up to Rs1 million. An estimated 4,000 Nepalis are working in Israel at present, most of them in agriculture and the domestic sector.

Published: 19-04-2015 08:58

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