41 more security guards return from Kabul

- HOM KARKI, DOHA (QATAR)

Jun 29, 2016-

Forty-one Nepali migrant workers employed with G4S Secure Solution in Kabul, Afghanistan, left for Kathmandu on Tuesday. On Sunday, the company had sent 41 Nepali migrant workers back to Nepal.

The group flew from Kabul at 2:30pm local time and will land in Kathmandu at 10am on Wednesday.Following the deadly explosion in Kabul on June 20 that killed 13 Nepali security personnel working for the local Canadian embassy, a total of 106 Nepali migrant workers have returned to Nepal.

After the incident, Nepalis working in Afghanistan have demanded better security and a hike in monthly pay up to $1050. But the employer and the contracting company have expressed their inability to address their demands. Upset by the response, the migrant workers decided to return home.

“We got tickets for 41 people and are returning by the same flight. Some friends have not got the flight tickets and are staying back in the camp,” said Hom Bahadur Thapa, who was boarding the Kabul-Kathmandu flight via New Delhi. 

There are 385 Nepali workers employed by the company.

The Nepali workers employed by G4S had agreed to jointly put the demands before the company management but after “those not working properly” were sent back, the workers remained divided. On Saturday the workers quarrelled among themselves over the disagreement.

“Some friends returned to work. They are now doing 12-hour duty,” said Thapa. Those who decided to return to Nepal were escorted to the airport by the Afghan police.

Recruiter to pay each Rs 3m insurance

KATHMANDU: Sabre International, the agency that hired the Nepali security guards who were killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan last week, has agreed to pay Rs3 million to the families of each to the 13 victims in insurance.

The Nepal government has already announced Rs1 million for each bereaved family. Twelve Nepali guards were killed on the spot while the other died during treatment later. Five of the injured Nepalis are receiving care in the Indian capital.

The security company has not announced any compensation for the injured undergoing treatment in New Delhi. The deceased and the injured Nepalis were recruited on behalf of Sabre International and were deployed for security of the Canadian Embassy in Kabul. Despite diplomatic efforts and public pressure, the Canadian government has not announced any compensation for the victims so far. “The Sabre International has agreed to pay the Rs3 million insured amount as per their contract,” said Bharat Raj Poudyal, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry.

Acting Nepali Ambassador to Pakistan Tirtha Raj Aryal, who also looks after the Afghan affairs, held talks with officials at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, officials at the Afghan foreign ministry and Sabre International about compensation for the slain workers.

An official said Sabre International and the Canadian government are required to pay additional amounts to the families as the guards were killed on their way to duty. (PR)

Published: 29-06-2016 09:31

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