KATHMANDU: Nepal has been celebrating the International Youth Day on Monday at a time when around 1,500 youths have been deserting the country in search of employment opportunities especially in low paid job in the gulf countries.
Although various organizations organized rallies and seminars in star hotels and officials of the Government of Nepal and international agencies delivered very motivating speeches on how the youths can contribute for the development of the country but their speech is meaningless to Bhakta Bahadur Pun of remote Rolpa District, who boarded a gulf air plane for employment in Dubai. “Celebration of such day is meaningless for thousands of youths like me as we have been heading to gulf for very low paid job. We do not realize that there is government in our country, who is taking care for us,” the 29-year-old youth ventilated his anger for his compulsion to leave the country.
The trade unions have been forcing various industries to shut-down their shutters by raising unnecessary demands and ultimately forcing the youths to go abroad. Although the remittance sent by immigrant workers has been giving life to ailing national economy, there is fear that sometime the economy might crash if there is some problem in foreign employment.
Similarly, Nepali youths have been forced to leave the country for very low paid job as the government failed to provide any skill development training to them. The remittance sent by them was mostly used in unproductive sectors as the state failed to attract them.
Addressing a program to mark the day, Chairperson of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi said skilled young generation is forced to leave the country due to lack of employment opportunities for them at home. Besides, the government has failed to systematize the migration, he added. Urging youths to develop the feeling of nationality within themselves, and to think what was their contribution to the state rather than expecting more from it, Chairman Regmi said Nepali workers are being looted, exploited, underpaid and are forced to face unnatural death abroad.
Also speaking at the program, Minister for Labor and Employment Hari Prasad Neupane said today´s young generation has got attracted to foreign jobs and the government was effortful to make it more secure and systematic.
Minister for Youth and Sports Ram Kumar Shrestha said the government was committed to providing jobs to youths within the country, and recalled the formulation of National Youth Policy, implementation of Youth Programs and formation of Youth Self Employment Fund. Establishing the National Youth Council is the challenge of the hour for the government being an election government, he added. Every year ministers have been reiterating similar statement but their commitment is yet to be materialized.
Various personalities and organizations have been honored on the occasion. Chairman of Interim Election Government Regmi honored them amidst a special ceremony here today.
Youth Talent Award carrying a purse of Rs. 100,000 has been presented to litterateur Jhamak Kumari Ghimire (Dhankuta), social worker Radha Poudel (Chitwan), tourist guide and Gorkhapatra Daily´s journalist Sanjog Acharya and Dev Prakash Sapkota (advanced agro entrepreneur). Similarly, the National Youth Fund, Babarmahal received a letter of appreciation and cash prize of Rs. 100,000. Likewise, cricketer Paras Khadka, Sunil Lama of karate, Jamuna Gurung of football, Chahana Bamjan of Wushu and Nepal Volleyball Association have been awarded the Sports Talent Award that carries a purse of Rs. 100,000 each.
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