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Minister Khand pledges workers’ security

2022 Jun 13, 6:27, Kathmandu

Minister for Home Affairs Bal Krishna Khand has said the government was committed to workers’ society and the Ministry of Home Affairs would sincerely work for the security of the workers.

Inaugurating the national conference of the Nepal Trade Union Congress in the Capital City on Sunday, Minister Khand said it was the government’s main duty to safeguard workers’ welfare, interest and security.

Labourers and working people have witnessed a serious blow due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the programme, Minister Khand recalled that the foundation of Nepal’s democratic movement was a labour movement. “Labour movement occurred even earlier than democratic movement. Democratic movement and the labour movement are two parts of a coin,” Minister Khand reminded.

During the programme, Nepali Congress central committee members Rama Poudel and Hari Sharan Nepali said the labour rights, Social Security Act and Labour Act unveiled for the cause of labourers should be implemented effectively.

Likewise, Richard Howard, Director of the ILO Country Office for Nepal said social security was the first right of the workers and expressed happiness for the beginning of the Social Security Act in Nepal.

The two-day-long national conference will dwell on the formation of a national labour commission, creation of decent employment, making the foreign employment safe, orderly and regular, capacity development and expansion of labour administration, representation of workers in the policy-making bodies, risk reduction of climate change on labourers, placement of labour court in all seven provinces and end to gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace, among others.


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