Govt directed to stop visa outsourcing bid

The International Relations and Labour Committee of the Legislature-Parliament has directed the government to stop its bid to outsource the country’s visa processing job to a private company.

A meeting of the committee on Sunday issued the order in the wake of widespread criticism against the proposal on the same tabled by the Home Ministry. It has been learnt that the Home Ministry and the Ministry of Finance have been making preparations to hand over the responsibility of visa processing to a foreign company for 15 years.

Most of the lawmakers participating in today’s meeting have expressed their reservations over the Home Ministry’s controversial move to hand over the task of visa processing to a foreign firm. They said the move would be against the national interests.

The meeting has also decided to conduct a detailed study on Home Ministry’s proposal.

Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam’s bid has drawn flak from his own party CPN-UML. In the committee’s earlier meeting, UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal had said the proposal was ‘weird’ and showed height of irresponsibility.

Source: eKantipur