Government indifferent towards plights of Nepali workers in India, labour migration experts say

Despite over two centuries of history, Nepali workers who migrate to India for work continue to be excluded from Nepal government's plans and policies, reflecting a discriminatory attitude against India-bound workers, stakeholders have pointed out

Oct 10, 2020
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Despite over two centuries of history, Nepali workers who migrate to India for work continue to be excluded from Nepal government's plans and policies, reflecting a discriminatory attitude against India-bound workers, stakeholders have pointed out.

Hundreds of thousands of Nepalis working in Indian cities and those migrating every year are subjected to discrimination and made to feel unsafe, as there are no policies in place to protect them and address their concerns, according to labour migration experts.

"Migration of Nepalis to third countries in the Gulf and Malaysia has merely three decades of history, and there are several policies and much attention have been given to govern labour migration to that part of the world," said Prakash Chandra Madai, India labour migration expert. "But Nepalis have been migrating to India since the early 19th century. Still, it remains so neglected that there is not even accurate data on Nepali migrant workers in India."

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