By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, Nov.20: Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Krishna Kumar Shrestha has informed that the government is preparing to send 10,000 staff nurses to work in the United Kingdom (UK). He informed that an agreement was being prepared to send the unemployed staff nurses to the UK.
Speaking at a programme organised in the capital on Friday, Minister Shrestha said that he was also looking for other attractive destination countries on par with the UK for foreign employment. He said, "We are working to find a way to send Nepali workers to labour-intensive and secure labour destination countries by signing labour agreements." The foreign employment will be made systematic, transparent and dignified, he said and expressed his commitment to making the foreign employment sector free from harassment.
"I am adamant that no worker going for foreign employment should be cheated. Laws and regulation of the sector would be strictly enforced to make the sector systematic,” he said. Admitting that the process of cheating Nepali workers during foreign employment had not stopped, he said that he would not review any issue without listening to the cheated workers.
Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security Surya Prasad Gautam said that the agreement was being prepared as the British government wanted to receive nurses from Nepal. He said that discussions were underway with the concerned stakeholders to reach a labour- friendly agreement for sending Nepali nurses in the context of the UK and it would be finalised soon.
Secretary Gautam informed that the Ministry was also preparing to review the agreements of the countries which had been signed earlier but had now expired. According to the ministry, it is too late to review the South Korean agreement, which had to be reviewed in December last year.