Kathmandu,18 Dec 2014: The International Migrants Day 2014 is observed amid various programmes in the capital today.
On the occasion, a rally was organized in participation with government agencies, migrant workers, trade union and the various organizations to mark the day.
The rally that started from Bhrikutimandap converted into a programmee at the same venue after passing through the areas as Padmodaya High School, Putalisadak and Old Bus Park.
At the programme, Tek Bahadur Gurung, Minister of State for Labor and Employment said the ministry is effortful to make the cycle of migration worker-friendly.
He also underscored the need to generate adequate work opportunities within the country since there is no base for the sustainable solution to the overseas employment.
State Minister Gurung also informed that the government is all set to establish Special Rescue Fund and Scholarship Scheme in view of the returned migrant workers and Nepali migrant workers who die abroad.
He was of the opinion that incorporation of migrants’ issues during the recently held 18th SAARC Summit was an achievement for Nepal.
Similarly, Secretary of the Labor Ministry, Bhola Prasad Siwakoti, who was also the coordinator of this year’s International Migrants Day Main Organizing Committee, stated that Nepal could reap long-term benefits provided it sends its migrants workers abroad well informed and skilled.
Various other programmes as interaction among stakeholders, street drama, blood donation and awareness campaign among others were organized under the week-long celebrations that started from December 12.
The International Migrants Day is observed on December 18 every year since the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed the day on December 4, 2000.
According to a study by the UN, there are around 2 billion 320 million migrant workers around the world whereas yearly some 5 00,000 Nepalese have been flocking abroad, seeking greener pastures.
The theme for this year’s International Migrants Day was- ‘The Need for Safe Migration: Commitment of All of Us’.