When hundreds of Nepali workers, employed at a leading company in Qatar, went on a strike in August after their employer did not issue them valid identity cards, a migrant worker from Dhanusha also actively joined the protest.
The Prime Minister Employment Programme launched on Wednesday has met with mixed reactions, with experts stressing that the outcome will largely depend on how the people receive it and how the government will implement it.
In March 2015, Suresh Kunwar landed a job in Kuwait as a carpenter. The employment agency wanted Rs100,000 but Kunwar wasn’t too worried about borrowing money since the job guaranteed him a monthly salary of 90 Kuwaiti Dinar—around Rs33,000 at current exchange rates.
Nepalis who go to Qatar on free visa—commonly known as Aazad Visa—which the agents claim would provide them with the freedom to work with any employer in Qatar, are often stranded without any jobs in the Gulf nation.