From the Nepali Press
Rabindra Ghimire in www.onlinekhabar.com , 23 February
If Nepali migrant workers face any problems while working overseas, they cannot go anywhere for help but their embassies. But two of these embassies in the Gulf will soon be headed by women who own recruitment companies and face charges of swindling Nepali workers, and have been found guilty in several cases.
This week, the government appointed Asha Lama and Sharmila Parajuli Dhakal as ambassadors to the UAE and Oman respectively. Once the Parliamentary Hearing Committee approves their appointments, they will be representing Nepal in the Gulf countries that rely on cheap Nepali labour for construction, manufacturing and other jobs.
Asha Lama runs Job Track Recruiting Pvt Ltd, a Kathmandu-based recruitment agency that sends Nepali migrant workers to West Asian countries, including the UAE.
Krishna Prasad Adhikari is one of the many migrant workers cheated by Lama’s agency. Adhikari was sent to the UAE, but he did not get the promised job and salary and returned home empty-handed three years ago. He filed a case against Lama’s agency at the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE). After an investigation, the DoFE made her agency pay Rs 440,000 to Adhikari.
As many as 23 migrant workers have filed complaints against Lama’s company, but only four of them have received compensation. Others continue to wait for justice, and their hopes are fading as the person against whom they filed cases is now poised to become an envoy to the country where they were cheated.
Sharmila Parajuli Dhakal runs Florid Human Resources, which also faces dozens of complaints at the DoFE. Six migrant workers cheated by her company have received compensation, others continue to wait for justice.