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Nepal vows to eradicate all forms of child labour by '20


Bagmati, Kathmandu, Kathmandu

Kathmandu,2020 samma Sabai kisim ka baal shram nirmul parne sarkar ko kosish. KATHMANDU: Minister of State for Labour and Employment Tek Bahadur Gurung has said the government is making all efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2016 and all forms of child labour by 2020. Addressing the 103rd International Labour Conference in the United Nations in Geneva yesterday, Gurung said that tripartite consultations were under way to prepare new Employment Policy and Social Security Act and to amend the Labour Act-1992 in the country. The Nepali government strongly supports the initiatives for elimination of forced labour and promotion of secured and dignified labour migration, the Permanent Mission of Nepal to UN, Geneva quoted Minister Gurung as saying in a statement. Further stating that Nepal had already ratified 11 conventions pertaining to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Gurung said efforts were under way to translate the provisions of such instruments into national policies, laws and regulations. Gurung said that underemployment had become a major challenge in Nepal as over 400,000 Nepalis enter into the labour market each year. “About 1,500 to 1,800 people fly to different countries in search of employment opportunities every day,” he said. He also apprised the world body of government’s commitment to creating an investment-friendly environment to encourage greater involvement of the private sector in the country’s development process and to making the foreign employment sector secured, dignified and workers friendly. Nepal has 34 per cent of its children between the age of 5 and 14 involved in child labour, compared with 12 per cent in the South Asia region as a whole.