Nepal and Malaysia sign new labour pact

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Now on­ward, a Nepali mi­grant worker needs to pay only Rs. 5800 to reach Malaysia, thanks to the ini­tia­tive taken by Min­is­ter for Labour, Em­ploy­ment and So­cial Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Gokarna Bista. With the sign­ing of the much-awaited Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with the govern­ment of Malaysia for the

re­cruit­ment, em­ploy­ment and repa­tri­a­tion of Nepali mi­grant work­ers in Malaysia, no Nepali worker in Malaysia would be cheated at dif­fer­ent lev­els. Min­is­ter Bista and Malaysian Min­is­ter for Hu­man Re­source M. Ku­lasegaren inked the MoU amidst a func­tion or­gan­ised here on Mon­day.. Ear­lier on Sun­day, the govern­ment had de­cided to sign the MoU with Malaysia for send­ing Nepali work­ers there. The govern­ment had stopped send­ing Nepali work­ers to Malaysia five months ago over the se­cu­rity con­cerns of Nepali labour­ers there and fi­nan­cial ex­ploita­tion of work­ers in dif­fer­ent stages. Af­ter sign­ing the MoU, Min­is­ter Bista said that the agree­ment en­sured Malaysia as a dig­ni­fied and safe for­eign em­ploy­ment des­ti­na­tion for Nepali mi­grant work­ers. He said that the MoU signed af­ter the two decades his­tory of labour re­la­tions be­tween Nepal and Malaysia would be a mile­stone for the wel­fare of Nepali work­ers there. Ac­cord­ing to the MoU, Nepali work­ers go­ing to Malaysia would not bear any cost un­der the head­ings of ser­vice charge, tick­ets (two-way), med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions and se­cu­rity clear­ance which would be borne by the re­cruit­ing com­pa­nies in Malaysia. Sim­i­larly, Nepali work­ers do not have to pay any levy to the Malaysian govern­ment.. It has a labour con­tract pro­vi­sion of two years. Ear­lier, the term of labour con­tract was of three years. As per the new agree­ment, Nepali work­ers work­ing in Malaysia would get the salary not lower than the min­i­mum wage fixed by the Malaysian govern­ment. There is also the pro­vi­sion of pro­vid­ing salary to the work­ers through their bank ac­counts prior to the 7th day of ev­ery month. The MoU has en­sured all types of in­sur­ance schemes to Nepali work­ers in equal foot­ing to the Malaysian work­ers. There is also a pro­vi­sion of pro­vid­ing spe­cial se­cu­rity pro­tec­tion to fe­male work­ers work­ing in Malaysia. Like­wise, the work­ers will be al­lowed to keep their pass­po­rats with them. The mi­grant work­ers would also get a 15-day va­ca­tion in case of demise of their fam­ily mem­bers in Nepal. In ad­di­tion, the em­ploy­ers should in­form the Nepali Em­bassy in case of demise and other phys­i­cal harms to Nepali work­ers. The em­ploy­ers should man­age to send the dead body of the work­ers to Nepal in case of their demise.

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