The opposition from Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA) will not have any impact on the arrangement for free visas and ticketing for foreign employment aspirants in seven destination countries.
At an interaction programme organised by Foreign Employment Journalists Society at Singha Durbar on Monday, State Minister for Labour and Employment Tek Bahadur Gurung said the arrangement effective in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Malaysia would remain unchanged and further expanded to other countries in the coming days.
State Minister Gurung said a total of 3.7 million workers were currently employed in foreign countries. Gurung added that the government was compelled to enforce the arrangement as many workers had gone abroad by keeping their house and land property as collateral, many had returned in a miserable state after not finding the stipulated job and some had even committed suicide after being unable to pay their loans.
The State Minister stressed the arrangement would not affect the NAFEA business and that there was no point in agitating. Gurung said with pride that from now on workers would go abroad with cost free visas and tickets.
Non Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) Vice President Tika Karki said the country that had drawn foreign workers would provide free tickets and visas. Karki said the foreign companies had a special preference for the Nepali workers for their sincerity and loyalty.