Illam, July 29, 2015: Majority of Nepalese from Illam are believed to be destined for foreign employment, the past fiscal year shows that a total of 12,027 persons has developed their passports in Illam district.
According to assistant officer at the office Binod Babu BC, 8,018 of them has developed the machine-readable passport (MRP) from the district administration office while 4,009 received it from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu.
The developing of MRP from the district costs Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 10,000 as express charge from the capital. Similarly, in the fiscal year 2014/15 the development of passport led to a revenue collection of Rs. 41.68 million.Likewise, the application from 35 to 45 people on an average has been receiving by the office presently for developing their passports.
Assistant officer Binod Babu BC added that the recent surge in the number of applicants is attributed to the decision of the government to enforce free visa and free ticket in seven major destination countries for Nepali workers.