KATHMANDU: The government has opened Bahrain and Oman for Nepali migrant workers after about two months’ ban. Ministry of Labour and Transport Management (MoLTM) had banned the destinations amid people’s revolt in mid-February.
MoLTM opened the destinations on Friday, said Purna Chandra Bhattarai, joint secretary of the ministry. “We opened Bahrain and Oman after taking consent from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA),” he said. MoLTM had asked to advise about safety situation of the Gulf countries from MoFA two weeks ago.
Bahrain and Oman are popular destinations where over 60,000 Nepalis are working in construction, service sectors and as domestic helps. According to Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE), Bahrain has hired around 2,902 and Oman 1,568 Nepalis in last nine months of the fiscal year 2010-11.
Outsourcing agencies have been putting pressures on the government to open the destinations since late March. Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies had submitted a memorandum to MoLTM for opening Bahrain, Oman and Yemen two weeks ago.