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Nepal could review 'free visa and free ticket' provision: PM

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today hinted at the possibility of reviewing the provision of 'free visa and free ticket' provided that the political parties agree on it.

Inaugurating the 25th General Assembly of Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA) here, he also expressed concern over the safety and wellbeing of Nepalese migrant workers, majority of whom are serving in countries in hazardous conditions.

Deuba said he would take initiatives for forging an agreement to address the demand for reconsideration on the 'free visa, free ticket' provision put forth by foreign employment agencies.

Expressing concern over increasing incidents of death of Nepalese workers on foreign soil, he said that all sides including manpower agencies must be sensitive for ensuring economic and physical security of Nepali migrant workers.

Contribution of foreign employment to nation's economy in the form of remittance is significant, he pointed out.

Minister for Labour and Employment Farmullah Mansoor admitted that the government has failed to implement the provision of 'free visa, free ticket' effectively.

National Human Rights Commission member Sudip Pathak expressed the view that foreign employment would be the main focus and agenda of the people in the next 10 years.

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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 20:07 IST