Government to increase minimum wage from next fiscal year: Minister Bista

File: Gokarna Bista

Kathmandu, May 9

Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security, Gokarna Bista, says that the government has started homework to increase the minimum wage of labourers in Nepal.

The Ministry is preparing to increase the minimum wage of Rs 9,700 to Rs 15,000 a month to be effective from the next fiscal year which begins in mid-July, said Minister Bista, adding, “To end the exploitation on workers, the government is planning to make it mandatory that salaries and wages are paid through banks. The new provision might be implemented from July 17.”

Trade unionists were demanding the increment to more than Rs 15,000 as it is hard to survive with the just Rs 9,700 these days.

After the implementation of the new provision, the companies and firms will have to submit the details of their employees’ salary for renewal of their organisation, according to him.

Likewise, the Ministry has also started homework to manage ‘seed money’ for the Nepali migrant workers who have been living in prison due to lack of blood money, he informs.

Likewise, the Ministry is also planning to take strict action against the recruitment agencies that have been cheating foreign employment aspirants for long. A detail report about such companies has been sent to the Minister.


The Minister says unskilled labourers will be prohibited from going abroad for employment opportunities soon and preparations have already begun for it. He says the government will provide trainning to them and the sessions would be extended up to the local level.



Published on May 9th, Wednesday, 2018 1:07 PM

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