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Nepal Seeks More Job Seats with S. Korea
By Anil Giri
Kathmandu Correspondent
With emerging as majore labour desitination for job aspirants Nepali nationals, Nepal Government has made a fresh request to South Korea to increase the job quotas for Nepali workesrs under its Employment Permits System (EPS) that allows Korean companies to recruit foreign workers to supplement the deficit of workers.

Of the total of 22,000 quotas allocated to 15 sending countries, Nepal has got 4,000 job quotas for fiscal year 2010/11. “Considering the rising number of youths interested in Korean jobs, we have requested the Korean government to increase job quotas for Nepal. Moreover, we deserve more quotas as we have been declared the best sending country under the EPS,” said Purna Chandra Bhattarai, joint secretary at the Ministry of Labor and Transport Management (MoLTM) said.

The Korean government had honored Nepal as the best sending country under EPS on December 23 last year, recognizing Nepal´s fast and effective sending process. Nepal had successfully reduced the duration of sending process to 57 days in 2009 from 92 days recorded a year earlier.“On the back of good track record of Nepali workers in Korea and the highest number of aspirants for Korean job, we have requested for more quotas for this year,” Mahesh Acharya, chief of EPS-Nepal office, said.

A total of 42,142 applicants had applied for Korean Language Test (KLT) in the second week of June. The test has been scheduled for August 28 and 29.

Of the total of 6,400 workers that have signed job contract, 5,322 have already left for Korea. The Human Resources Department of Korea has included details of 6,586 Nepali youths in its job roster.

Under EPS, Nepal can send workers to South Korea in five sectors — agriculture, fishery, construction, manufacturing and services. Korea has been sourcing workers under EPS from Nepal, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, China, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan and East Timor.
Nepal had signed EPS agreement with Korea on July 23, 2007. The Korean government had introduced EPS in 2004.

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Anil Giri serves as Kathmandu Correspondent for The Seoul Times.As a journalist he has worked for such news media as Annapurna Post, BBC, and Himalayan Times for years. He finished his both undergrad Economics degree and his MA degree in English Literature at Tribhuvan Univ., Kathmandu. He also holds a diploma in Development Journalism from prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication-IIMC, New Delhi, India.






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