Prime Minister Employment Programme transparent: Minister Bista

Kathmandu, June 24: Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security, Gokarna Bista, has said the government is moving ahead with substantive plans to make the foreign employment safe and transparent.

In his replies in the today's session of House of Representatives in regard with related concerns raised during the deliberations on the Appropriation Bill, the minister said, "The Prime Minister Employment Programme makes its headway in a transparent way."

Stating the government had allocated Rs 3.10 billion in the budget for the coming fiscal year (2019-20) to conduct the programme, he shared about the government policy of producing skilled human resources and sending them for abroad jobs.

"New agreements relating to foreign employment have been signed with Malaysia and Japan." Similarly, new labour pacts had been signed with Qatar, Kuwait and Turkey and efforts were underway to send workers Germany and Portugal. Anti-fraud fraud had been amended."

He briefed the session that suggestions had been received to invest remittance in a productive sector and social security plan had been implemented to create a favourbale atmosphere for employment at home.

Minister Bista went on to say that a total of 3,146 institutes had been listed in the contribution-based Social Security Scheme. Maternity and old-age security plan had been implemented and all forms of child labour would be eliminated from by the year 2082 BS.

The minister's response was followed statements by lawmakers Khaga Raj Adhikari, Dibyamani Raj Bhandari, Bhawani Prasad Khapung, Ram Bahadur Bista, Ram Babu Kumar Yadav, Bimala Bishwakarma, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, Hira Karki, Parbata DC Chaudhary, Pushpa Bhusal, Gyan Kumari Chhantyal, Prem Suwal, Mina Subba and Dila Sangraula who demanded further clarifications from the minister in regard with replies.

The minister shared that direction had been given to enforce the Labour Act and the Prime Minister Employment Programme had been implemented to address the unemployed problem, expecting his hope that the number of unemployed would be gradually declined through the means of contribution-based social security scheme.

According to him, a new destination will be sough through a labour conference scheduled for June 30 and July 1 and the labour market in Malayisa will be opened for Nepali workers once a meeting of selection and technical groups of agencies completing criteria takes place.

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