International Relations and Labour Committee of the Parliament directed the government to ensure that Nepali migrant workers living abroad get Machine Readable Passports (MRPs) by the deadline set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
All handwritten passports issued earlier would be invalid after November 24, 2015, according to ICAO provisions.
“The Committee directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate with Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Labour and Employment to make a plan ensuring that all handwritten passports be replaced with MRPs by the ICAO deadline,” Director General of Department of Passport, Lok Bahadur Thapa, who had attended the meeting, told THT Online.
The House committee had summoned Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, Acting Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi and Thapa at its meeting today.
Abiding by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines, Nepal has stopped issuing handwritten passports since December 2010. It has been issuing MRPs.
“We also updated the lawmakers about the Ministry’s efforts to replace hand-written passports,” Thapa added, “They appreciated our efforts.”