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Nepal govt finalises repatriation guideline after 12,000 workers come home

Nepali migrant workers, returning home amid the global Covid-19 crisis, arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, in Kathmandu, in June 2020.

Kathmandu, June 30

After the repatriation of 12,000 Nepalis from various countries, the government has finalised a draft of the guideline about the repatriation operation in the wake of the global Covid-19 crisis.

Due to the lack of specific provisions about free repatriation, the workers so far had been forced to pay high costs for ‘chartered’ flights for repatriation. Now, the new guideline has proposed conducting free flights for the needy.

As proposed, the needy include the people who are ill, who have given birth to children recently, who have lost employment, who have been deprived of tickets from the employers, whose family members have died in Nepal and who have been given amnesty by the host governments.

Earlier, on June 15, the Supreme Court had ordered the government to ensure free repatriation flights for the migrant workers who cannot afford tickets of chartered flights. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation spokesperson Suman Ghimire says the new guideline is an effort to implement the order.

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