Because of mounting worries about alternative work possibilities in countries other than the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia, the British government has announced that it will begin a formal procedure to deploy 10,000 nurses to the United Kingdom.
While speaking at a program organized by the Foreign Employment Journalists Society, Surya Prasad Gautam, Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, stated that a formal agreement to this effect is currently being negotiated because the United Kingdom wishes to hire Nepalese nurses as staff members. He stated that conversations are currently taking place with the United Kingdom on how to send nurses under a labor-friendly agreement.
During his speech on the occasion, Minister for Labour Krishna Kumar Shrestha stated that finding a new location was an urgent necessity. Currently, almost 90% of people who obtain a work permit relocate to the Gulf region or Malaysia in order to find work. Workers who travel to those nations, on the other hand, are subjected to abhorrent working conditions.
Because of the exploitation of workers in the Gulf countries, several experts believe that workers should be relocated to more favorable locations outside of the region. Contrary to the government’s announcement that it will send workers to 110 different countries throughout the world, only a tiny number of workers have so far been dispatched to some excellent destination countries such as South Korea.
It was just last month that the Department of Foreign Employment took a language test in order to transfer individuals to Israel for employment. Israel is also regarded as a desirable travel location. Experts are raising their voices, arguing that even if the number of Nepalis is small, they should be moved to suitable destinations.
Although a worker might easily earn more than Rs 100,000 a month when he or she travels to a desirable destination country after learning particular skills, when he or she travels to a country where employees are neglected, he or she must settle for an average of Rs 30,000 to Rs 35,000 a month.
Minister Shrestha stated that a solid resolution on the issue of free visas and tickets must be made. However, workers are still need to pay a significant sum even though Tek Bahadur Gurung, then Minister of State for Labor, announced six years ago that free visas and flights would be made available. Following the order to provide free visa and ticket, the manpower entrepreneurs claim that they have collected Rs 10,000 as a service fee and have been issuing receipts in accordance with the ruling.
For example, despite paying higher amounts, it is possible to claim only Rs 10,000 as a tax deduction. Manpower agencies, on the other hand, are attempting to avoid paying income tax. According to Minister Shrestha, “manpower should not be in a position to earn millions of dollars while paying little or no taxes.”