Social security to cover informal sector, Nepali migrant workers abroad


November 28, 2022


Social security to cover informal sector, Nepali migrant workers abroad

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KATHMANDU: The government is preparing to cover social security for workers in the informal sector, Nepali migrant workers abroad and those engaged through self-employment.

Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Sher Bahadur Kunwar has pledged to bring those sectors on board the social security criteria.

Minister Kunwar said the social security scheme would be made conducive to the workers.

Hinting at amendments to the schemes unveiled by the Social Security Fund, Minister Kunwar argued that no one will be left behind since the criteria of the social security scheme has been extended.

He further said that the family members of the workers would be encouraged towards entrepreneurship development by extending the Fund’s horizon.

Fund’s Chairman and Secretary at the Ministry, Yek Narayan Aryal, said the employees and employers should not hesitate to join the social security scheme since the Fund has been offering the contributors with attractive facilities.

Likewise, Executive Director of Fund Kapil Mani Gyawali said that the contributors’ spouse will get medical expenses and the contributors will also get medical expenses for the chronic disease.

Meanwhile, the Fund has established its offices in Butwal and Nepalgunj.

This is the fourth office of the Fund after Biratnagar and Simara and the office will be established in Pokhara in the near future.

Presently, 17,507 employers and 375,904 employees have been enlisted in the Fund and a total of Rs 26 billion has been collected from them.