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Ministry refutes own circular about requirement of work permit for Indian nationals

A circular issued by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security about the requirement of work permit for Indian nationals

Kathmandu, February 6

The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security’s decision about making the work permit compulsory for Indian workers working in Nepal has been dragged into a controversy after a senior official refuted it.

On January 24, the Ministry’s Factory Inspector, Section Officer Prashanta Shah, had issued the circular to all labour offices under the Ministry, directing them to make sure that all Indian nationals have the work permit.

Shah had stated in the circular that he issued the order as per a directive from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Minister.

However, the Ministry’s Joint Secretary Ram Prasad Ghimire issued an statement on Tuesday to refute the circular.

Ghimire has said the news reports about the Ministry’s decision to require the Indian nationals to have the permit were fake. He has warned of taking action against the officials involved in spreading the rumours.

The Ministry will launch an investigation into it and book the involved officials as the Ministry has never taken any such decision officially, according to him.

He is of the view that no law requires Indian nationals to acquire labour permit in Nepal though some choose to have one.


Published on February 6th, Wednesday, 2019 11:41 AM


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