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Government to let manpower firms open 14 branches in Nepal

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Kathmandu, September 6

The government is preparing to grant manpower agencies the permission to open one branch in each of the 14 zones, in a bid to rein in manpower agents, who are cheating gullible people. Preparations to let the agencies open branches in the districts are in the final stage. The Foreign Employment Act states government can allow manpower agencies to open branches.

But government had been preventing the agencies from opening branches, pointing at problems in monitoring and regulation as well as possible increase in cases of cheatingIn a few days, the process to grant licences to enable manpower agencies to open branches will begin, the Department of Foreign Employment said.

Mohan Adhikari, spokesperson for the department, told Onlinekhabar they are taking this step in a bid to prevent manpower agents from cheating the public.

Before letting manpower agencies expand, the Ministry of Labour and Employment will introduce a separate working procedure to govern their operations. In a month from now, the Cabinet will get a nod from the Cabinet and the process of granting licences will begin, says Adhikari.

The government has proposed letting a manpower agency establish upto one branch in a zone. This means an agency can establish upto 14 branches nationwide. 

In the working procedure, the government has proposed letting a manpower agency establish upto one branch in a zone. This means an agency can establish upto 14 branches nationwide.

Spokesperson Adhikari said CDOs of the districts, where the branches are based, will have the authority to monitor the manpower agencies’ concerned districts’ operations. On top of it, the department will also conduct monitoring from time to time.

The government believes establishment of branches will cause a decline in cases of cheating.

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