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Province ministers request for foreign labour offices

The Kathmandu Post, Nepal, 10 April 2018 - Social development ministers from different provinces have requested the government to set up foreign employment offices in all seven provinces.

In their meeting with Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Gokarna Bista on Monday, the province ministers said establishing foreign employment offices in all provinces will benefit thousands of migrant workers.

On March 20, the labour ministry had decided to set up foreign employment offices in Itahari, Janakpur and Butwal to issue work permits to migrant workers. With establishment of these three offices, migrant workers on work leave will not have to travel to Kathmandu to get labour permits.

“The government will consider the request of opening labour offices in all provinces,” minister Bista said.

The meeting also discussed several other pertinent issues like effective implementation of social security provisions as envisioned by the constitution. The province ministers also drew the government’s attention towards the need of creating jobs and designing policies to serve the interests of workers.

Minister Bista told the meeting that the central government would consider unique potentials and suitability of each province before coming up with policies and programmes. “We must work to create internal income opportunities and at the same time manage the foreign employment sector,” he said.

The labour minister also said the government is committed to promoting vocational and skill-based trainings as per the need of different provinces.


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