Government has made it mandatory for recruiting agencies and foreign companies, seeking Nepali migrant workers, to get their work demand letters approved by the Nepali foreign missions based in destination countries.
The new provision has been introduced after there were rampant cases of cheating of Nepali migrant workers through fake demand letters.
For dealing with such illicit practices, the government has brought in a new directive, ‘Foreign Employment Related Demand Letter Enquiry Directive (2018)’, which was endorsed by the cabinet on Monday. From now onwards, the Nepali mission abroad, which includes Nepali embassies, Consulates General, Permanent Missions, Special Missions and other diplomatic missions, set up by the Government of Nepal, would verify the demand letter submitted by companies or recruiting agencies on behalf of such hiring companies for obtaining manpower from Nepal.
These demand letters are sent to the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) for receiving pre-permission for accepting Nepali workers. However, there have been incidents of fake demand letters produced by hiring companies, agents and recruiting agencies involved in supplying workers in countries, especially Gulf countries and Malaysia, major destinations for Nepali workers.
News Source: The Kathmandu Post