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Inister bats for dignified foreign employment Nov-19-2009
Minister for Labour and Transport Management Mohammad Aftab Alam has stressed a dignified, systematic and result-oriented foreign employment sector.

Speaking at a discussion programme on the effects of remittance on the economy of Nepal organized by the International Organization on Migration here today, he said the foreign employment sector should be made systematic considering the overall impact the remittance is having on the national economy.

The Minister for Labour and Transport Management acknowledged that the budgetary allocation to the foreign employment sector is not adequate to the expected level and said the government will bring plans and programmes for that purpose.

Minister Alam said the government will give priority to the foreign employment sector in the national planning process as per the contribution the Nepali workers working abroad are making to the national economy.

Dr. Jagannath Adhikari, presenting a report of a study carried out on the effects of remittances on the national economy, said remittance occupies 23.6 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product of Nepal.

Economist Khatiwada stressed investing the remittances on productive sector and suggested that it would be easier to manage the remittance if the government allocated at least five per cent of its annual budget.

The report also suggested adopting special policy for the security of women going on foreign employment.