Kathmandu, July 31 : Minister for Finance Dr Yuwaraj Khatiwada has highlighted the need to create as many as jobs in the country to address the unemployment related issues induced by COVID-19 fallout.
Virtually inaugurating a new employment campaign titled ‘Aba Desh Mai chha Rojgari’, which roughly translates as “Now Employment is Available in Nepal itself” launched by Rojgari Services Pvt Ltd and UKaid Skills for Employment Programme here on Thursday (July 30),
Minister Khatiwada argued that Nepal needs to create as many as one million jobs very soon to prevent the problems emanating from the unemployment. Stating that around 700,009 Nepalis migrant workers abroad who were laid off during COVID-19 pandemic could return home, Khatiwada called for cooperation from all quarters for job creations for foreign returnees Nepalis.
“Our aim is to ensure that the Nepal’s human resources are protected and to respond to livelihood needs of the migrant returnees,” asserted the Minister. He argued that job creation and building entrepreneurship were very important and said that the government had introduced market-friendly policy for the same.
Rojgari Services has been utilizing its platforms such as website, mobile application, social media, Rojgari Pasals and collaborations to connect and facilitate appropriate skilling, employment for registered migrant returnees. Rojgari Service’s founder Shailendra Giri was hopeful that the four-year campaign would help create jobs and increase the number of industries in the country. On the occasion, Pawan Golyan, a noted industrialist in the country, expressed that if the Nepalis work force were provided vocational training, as many as 1.5 million Indian nationals working in Nepal could be replaced by local workers. There were over 7.1 million workers actively working in Nepal’s labour market out of them over 1.5 million were engaged in agriculture sector and over 1.2 in wholesale and retail business sector.
Likewise, over 500,000 people were involved in education sector, 900,000 in construction sector, 118,000 in banks and financial institutions, 175,000 in human health sector, 322,000 in transportation sector and the like, it was shared.
The newly launched campaign could immediately help create as many as 1,470 jobs in construction sector, 1,421 in office assistant, 1004 jobs in marketing officer level and 951 jobs for construction workers. Similarly, 1,000 jobs could be created in bakery sector, 1,500 in goat farming and 1,500 jobs for operating heavy duty vehicles such as excavator and loaders among others, it was told. RSS