South Korea's Condition is Fulfilled. All preparations have been completed.

South Korea's Condition is Fulfilled

"All preparations have been completed. We are waiting for the ticket order. '

Kathmandu: The Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security has accepted the three conditions set by South Korea to take Nepali workers under the Employment Permit System (EPS). Korea has not recruited Nepali workers since February 1, 2076, when the first wave of covid started in Nepal.

According to the Ministry of Labor, Korea requires workers to fly directly, have coveted insurance and stay in hotel quarantine for 14 days at its own expense. "Considering the employment opportunities, the ministry has accepted the Korean condition," Labor Secretary Surya Prasad Gautam told Kantipur.

Source: Kantipur

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Source: Kantipur

Korea's condition was accepted after the Ministry of Labor discussed with the representatives of the organized workers after they were not allowed to go to Korea. Director General of the Department of Foreign Employment Krishna Prasad Dawadi said that Korea was preparing to take the committed workers in the first phase after Nepal accepted its terms. There are 3,000 committed workers. Workers who have returned to Korea after four years can be taken by the same employer as committed workers if they wish.

"A contract agreement has already been signed with the employer. They also have a visa. If the visa expires, it will be renewed automatically, 'said Director General Dawadi. All the preparations have been completed. ' Korea has placed Nepal on a 'yellow list' of cowardly risks. "Other countries have also agreed to Korea's terms. Korea has a policy of taking only workers from countries that accept the condition, 'Davadi said,' even if the cost increases, the workers have no objection. They look happy. ' Under normal circumstances, the cost of going to Korea is $816 (About 90,000+ rupees). After 14 days of quarantine and direct flight, the cost can be up to Rs. The average cost of a three-star hotel in Korea is $ 65 per day.

'We have wasted a long time trying to make a name for ourselves in Korean employment. The same amount has been spent. Hard work has been done. We are worried that we will not be able to go to Korea on time, ”said Ajay Sodari, chairman of the Workers' Struggle Committee. Don't even grieve. You can fly on time. '

According to the department, about 11,000 Nepali workers are deprived of going to Korea, including 8,000 who are trying to go for the first time (regular) and 3,000 who are committed. "After the committed workers leave in the first phase, it is our turn to go for regulars," said Sodari.

For 2020, Korea had set a quota of 12,009 to 6,700. It was planned to select 4,700 for production (industry) and 2,000 for agriculture and animal husbandry. Even those who have passed the language test and are on the roster in 2017, 18 and 19 have been barred from going. Those selected without extending the roster are likely to be barred. According to Korea's Human Resources Center, passing a language test does not guarantee a name.

So far, about 16,000 Nepalis who have passed the language test but have not been selected by their employers have not been able to go to Korea. The परीक्षा 114.69 million submitted by 589,638 candidates for the language test alone has reached Korea. This is the amount sent to Korea for participating in the language test. Even if there is an agreement to send them to Korea through the government process, all the expenses related to the recruitment expenses are the responsibility of the workers.

Sudip Shahi of Banke, who passed the language test in 2017, has been waiting for the day to fly to Korea for six years. 'In 2017, I passed the language test. A year later, my name was added to the roster. It expired in 2020. What happens now, I don't know, 'he said,' now if I have to take the exam again, my time is wasted. Money sinks. My career is falling behind. ' The roster is usually valid for two years. The issue of extension is not clear.

Meanwhile, Director General Dawadi said that they are taking initiative to take those who have passed the language test and entered the roster. "Korea's labor agreement needs to be renewed. The agreement has expired five months ago. Review is also needed now when making an agreement, 'he said. Korea has set a minimum wage of 19,14,440 rupees (about 190,000 rupees) for January 1, 2022. In addition, they get extra allowance for working overtime and public holidays.

Currently, 30,000 Nepalis are working in Korea. The number of Nepalis is declining due to non-availability of new workers. In the 90's, Nepalis went to work on visit visas. From 1994 to 2004, trainees started working as laborers. After the understanding between Nepal and Korea, Korea has started taking Nepalis as unskilled workers through EPS since 2008. About 31,000 workers in Korea save about 63 billion rupees every year. Only 31 percent of Nepal's remittances come through the government's official system.

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