Sunday, June 30, 2019

Poverty to be reduced through job creation: PM

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today said that the government’s top priority is to alleviate poverty through employment generation.
Addressing the two-day National Labour and Employment Conference 2019 – which kicked off in the capital today – he stressed on the need to reform the current education system and modernise the agriculture sector to help create more job opportunities and bring down the rate of poverty.
“Our agricultural system is still traditional and we have not been able to switch to mass production through the use of modern technology,” he said, adding that
Likewise, access to market is yet another problem that farmers have been facing today,” Oli added.
Lamenting those who prefer to go abroad for work, he said, that employment opportunities are gradually being created in the country. “It is necessary that every job gets respect and everyone gets a minimum wage, which is scientific to retain people in the country itself,” he said, stressing on government’s move to strictly implement minimum wage in every sector.
Archaeological sites are Nepal’s precious assets that could promote both tourism and job creation, the premier added.
Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security is organising the two-day ‘National Labour and Employment Conference’ starting from today with an objective to identify opportunities and gaps for employment creation and develop a dialogue-led consensus towards tackling pertinent labour and employment issues in Nepal.
“Earlier, foreign employment was our compulsion, now it has become a necessary compulsion,” said former labour minister Ramesh Lekhak, addressing the conference.
Lekhak also urged the government to focus more on implementation of development projects than just talking about development also to create jobs at home. “The concept of work has changed drastically,” he said, adding that discussions and meetings are no longer considered to be work. “It’s only the results that matter.
As some 11.6 per cent Nepalis are unemployed and 30 per cent semi-employed, the government aims at promoting an environment conducive to employment generation in the country, according to 2017-18 Labour Force Survey that further states that only 37 per cent of the workforce is engaged in the formal sector whereas 62.2 per cent is engaged in the informal sector. In the informal sector, the wage is very low calling for focus on regulating the informal employment sector. But there is a huge mismatch between the jobs in the market and available manpower.
“The skills and qualification of the people should be linked with possible opportunities in the employment market,” labour minister Gokarna Bista said, adding that formal channels should be ensured for sending Nepali people abroad, if they wanted to go for foreign employment.
Bista, on th occasion, also said that the government has initiated different programmes, including the Prime Minister Employment Programme targeted at generating employment opportunities in the country itself.
Representatives and experts from the government, private sector, trade unions, development partners, and non-governmental organisations are taking part in the conference that discusses on labor and employment policy, future of work, information technology, employment and wage, productivity, and national economy.
The conference also aims at exploring the avenues for labour and employment, strengthening worker-employer relationship, attracting Nepali youths towards domestic labour and ultimately strengthening the country’s economy. The organisers are hopeful that the recommendations furnished by the experts in the conference will help launch more strategic programmes in the labour and employment sector.
The first day of the conference today witnessed discussions and deliberations on ‘labour environment in the country’, and ‘existing labour-related policies and other opportunities’.

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