There are then a thousand Nepali migrant workers who want to return home. Many of them are sick and jobless. They have a very hard time out there. Government has started its measures to bring the migrant workers back home. On the first batch, 169 Nepalis arrived from the United Arab Emirates on Friday. The ones who have returned back have either paid for their fare or pleaded their working companies to get them a ticket back to their home.
The Nepal government has not yet decided whether should charge them or make flight arrangements for free for the returning citizens, though the government have been collected more than Rs 7 billion in the workers’ welfare fund and its purpose is to facilitate them in difficult times. But the government is still thinking of the money which was supposed to use for their protection.
It is the duty of the government to protect its people when they are in need of deepest need. The government should consider their needs. There are people who are pregnant and sick who should be evacuated soonest. The government should have already come up with a plan and rescued the needy ones rather than just thinking about it.
Anurag Devkota, a human rights lawyer explained, “the Foreign Employment Act, 2007 mandates ensuring migrant workers’ return home and levies arrangement liabilities vis-vis-vis repatriation on the government of Nepal. The primary purpose of the foreign employment welfare fund is the ‘welfare’ and social protection of migrant workers. And by all means, the governing legislation of Nepal allows for the use of the welfare fund. This is the right time that we utilize the fund because the welfare and protection of migrants have been more of a necessity than other welfare issues in the present context.
Since the Nepali migrants have come in the first batch, District Administration Office (DAO), Kathmandu, today revealed the list of hotels for quarantine returnee Nepalis. It has announced of 47 hotels in and outside Kathmandu valley which is self- for returnees. They can choose their quarantine place as per their affordability.
DAO has allotted there are nine three-star rated hotels, one four-star rated hotel, two two-star rated hotels, one deluxe the resort, five one-star rated hotels and 27 tourist standard hotels inside the valley. And Outside the valley, two four-star rated hotels, one each in Chitwan and Pokhara.
The prices for the hotels are as following:
– a four-star hotel is Rs 8,000 per night/per person for a single bedroom and Rs 5,000 per night for twin bedroom.
– three-star hotels, Rs 6,000 per night/per person for a single bedroom, and Rs 3,000 for twin bedroom.
– two-star hotels are Rs 5,000 per person/ per night for a single bedroom and Rs 2,500 for a twin bedroom.
– one-star hotels are Rs 4,000 per night/per person for a single bedroom and Rs 2,500 for a twin bedroom.
– per person/per night for tourist standard hotels is Rs 3,000 for a single bedroom and Rs 2,000 for twin bedroom.
– The rate for the deluxe resort has not been mentioned.
Moreover, the government will arrange accommodation for the returnees who are not able to afford hotel-based quarantine facilities.
Janak Raj Dahal, chief district officer, DAO, Kathmandu, said, The returnee back to the home will be further assisted by Nepali Army and take them to centers and hotel quarantines from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Provincial and local governments have been coordinating to take care of the people from their respective provinces and local levels.