Following a government-to-government arrangement, the government of Nepal has announced that it will send 1,000 Nepalis to Israel to work as caregivers under a caregiving contract.
Meanwhile, each of the workers who travel to Israel must pay the government more than Rs 165,000 in order to receive a flight to their place of employment, health insurance, and a medical checkup, among other things.
While the government has been pursuing a zero-cost policy in international employment and preaching the benefits of a free visa-free ticket, it has now asked for workers to be responsible for the cost of their own plane tickets.
Furthermore, stakeholders have expressed their dissatisfaction with the decision. “The paradigm of companies carrying all recruitment costs is becoming increasingly popular around the world,” says Ganesh Gurung, a foreign employment specialist. “However, Nepal agreeing to make the workers pay is not fair in any way.”
He also believes that the government, as a regulating organisation, should not have become involved in the process of directly hiring the workers in the first place.
The Department of Foreign Employment, on the other hand, claims that the model should not be seen as problematic because it has been used successfully in the past when sending workers to South Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS).
However, according to Matrika Sapkota, a departmental director, the cost may be reduced in the future if the cost of flying decreases.