Qatar Agrees To Protect Nepalese Migrant Workers

The visiting Qatari minister for Labor and Social Affairs Dr. Abdulla Bin Salih Al Khulaifi said that his government will provide all kinds of welfare to Nepalese migrant workers in Qatar.

April 6, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol. : 08 No.- 18 March. 20 - 2015 (chaitra 6, 2071)

The visiting Qatari minister for Labor and Social Affairs Dr. Abdulla Bin Salih Al Khulaifi said that his government will provide all kinds of welfare to Nepalese migrant workers in Qatar.

"Welfare of all migrant workers, including Nepal, is his government's top priority," said Qatari Minister Dr.  Khulaifi, who is on a four-day official visit to Nepal,

Speaking at press conference organized to inform about the bilateral talks between the two countries, he said, "Labor rights and safety of workers are being looked through labor amendment," adding, "Workers are not supposed to pay anything to get work permit in Qatar. Our law requires paying the workers their air tickets and extra fees for recruitment."

He said that the agencies and people who don't abide by the country's law would be prosecuted. Any activities which are against the labor laws will not be tolerated.

Likewise, speaking at the press meet, State minister for Labor Tek Bahadur Gururg said, and "It is very important that our workers are provided with good healthcare services so that they don't die unnatural death."

Minister Gurung even added that both countries have agreed to strongly monitor unscrupulous manpower agencies and "middlemen" so that workers can go to work in Qatar at zero cost.

Issues like life and health insurance facilities for Nepali workers, prior training for them and recruitment of skilled manpower, among others, were major agendas of the meeting.

Upon the urging of Nepal government, Minister Khulaifi agreed to establish an electronic linkage between two ministries through which all information on workers can be shared.

According to government data, there are more than 4,00,000 Nepali migrant workers in Qatar. Qatar is the third largest destination country for Nepali migrant workers.

 

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