Nepal to lift ban on domestic helps for Gulf states

17:07, September 24, 2010      

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Nepal is preparing to lift ban on domestic helps in Gulf countries, The Himalayan Times daily reported on Friday.

Over 100,000 Nepali women are believed to be working in Gulf countries -- Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and others.

"We are preparing guidelines to lift the ban," the report quoted Pushpa Bhattrai, Second Secretary of Nepali embassy in Kuwait, as saying.

Nepal banned domestic helps in Gulf countries in the early 1990s for security reasons but the migration did not stop in true sense.

Every day Nepali women are entering the Gulf labor market through illegal channels and their monitoring has emerged as major challenge to the government.

"If the ban is lifted, monitoring will be easier," he said. The guidelines will make strong provision for the safety of domestic helps, making recruiting agencies accountable in the matter. Women migrant workers should be hired as domestic helps only under the guarantee of Nepali and Gulf-based outsourcing agencies, he said.

Under the new guidelines, outsourcing agencies specialized in the country only will get permission to send workers.

According to Nepal Institute of Development Studies and United Nations Development Fund for Women, around 147,000 Nepali women are in overseas jobs.

Source: Xinhua


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