‘Fraudulent activities widespread’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 8, 2015-

The government’s policies and programmes presented to the Legislature Parliament on Wednesday have acknowledged widespread fraudulent activities in the foreign employment sector and vowed to control such anomalies.

Unveiling the government’s policies and programmes for the fiscal year 2015-16, President Ram Baran Yadav said the government intends to launch awareness programmes at grassroots levels throughout the country to control such fraudulent activities.

Foreign employment fraud has grown endemic in the shadow of a corrupt system, lack of monitoring and ineffective law. Though exact data is hard to come by, stakeholders believe a majority of Nepali migrant workers face some sort of exploitation during the migration process.

The government also plans to sign bilateral labour agreement with major destination countries in order to safeguard the rights, welfare and security of migrant workers. Around 70 percent of approximately 3.5 million Nepali migrants, except those working in India, are employed in countries where Nepal has not signed any labour agreement.

The government has so far signed labour agreement only with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and South Korea. The government announcement to sign such agreements with other labour destinations, including Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon and Oman, have not yet materialised.

Experts say Nepali migrants are facing abuse, exploitation and various other problems in getting legal redress due to the lack of labour agreement. The government also plans to formulate a provision for rapid rescue and repatriation of migrant workers from work destinations. “Labourers who have become physically disabled and fallen victims to violence during their employment can benefit from such provision,” the paper states.

The government also plans to establish a labor bank and the proposal is under review at the Ministry of Finance. Officials concerned said the document is gathering dust due to the lack of fund. The proposed labour bank intends to better utilise remittance and help migrant workers in many ways that include providing collateral free loan.

Similar attention has been paid to the improvement the internal labour market by bringing a unified social security law.

A mechanism consisting of government, employment providers and labourers will be arranged to resolve conflicts that arise between employers and workers. The welfare and security of employees will be assured by running social security programmes based on contribution,” the government document has stated.

 

Published: 09-07-2015 07:50

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