15 January 2015, my República

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: The government is preparing to lower the ceiling for fees that aspirant overseas workers pay to recruitment firms.

The Ministry of Labor and Employment is mulling over lowering the ceiling realizing that many manpower firms were overcharging youth heading to different overseas destinations.

Minister of State for Labor and Employment Tek Bahadur Gurung told Republica that the government has initiated the process of lowering the ceiling for fee to be paid to recruitment agencies.

“We have learnt that many recruitment firms are charging aspirant youth above the ceiling fixed by the government. We are preparing to slash the fee as many countries are offering free quotas as well as free flight tickets”” Gurung said.“”We have also intensified inspection at the airport to make sure that foreign-bound workers are not charged on free quotas.”

Recruitment agencies, however, claim that they were levying a fee below the ceiling set by the government.“”As manpower firms have been getting higher demands from destination countries, particularly the Gulf countries, with low charges and in most cases on free quotas as well as free tickets, we send workers on charges far below the ceiling set by the government”” Tanka Raut, former vice-president of Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA), told Republica. He, however, agrees that recruitment agencies levying higher fee on Malaysia-bound workers.

The government has fixed fees of Rs 80,000 for Malaysia, Rs 50,000 for Kuwait, Rs 20,000 for Qatar, and Rs 70,000 for UAE and Saudi Arabia.



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