100 days of job guarantee best consent ever: PM Oli
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, May 2: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said on Wednesday that the 100-day job guarantee for the labourers, managed by the government, was a great achievement of the labour movement in Nepal.
Addressing the 130th International Labour Day programme organised jointly by seven trade unions here, Prime Minister Oli, who is also the chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), said that the labour movement in Nepal had reached a historic height.
“The government had ensured 100 days’ job for the labourers through the Labour Act, which is a historic achievement of a country like Nepal,” he said.
He appreciated the tri-party (government, labour union and employers) initiative to ensure labourers’ security in the country and said that it was an exemplary effort. “It was the best, harmonious, consent in the world ever made.”
The Prime Minister stated that the government had worked a lot for the welfare of the workers, serving in both the formal and informal sectors and added, “Labourers’ toils has never gone waste.”
He urged the labourers to continue their movement for the rights, yet to be achieved, with high morale and expressed his commitment to put into practice all the commitments he had made before.
Expressing his dissatisfaction over the splits in the parties, Prime Minister Oli asked the politicians to learn a lesson from the unity of the Labour unions. “Politicians split when they have to work with strong unity, but labourers unite and grab the rights they need, we have to learn from them,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister said political stability and structural development were made in the base year and a positive environment had been created for the investors.
Leaders of various parties agreed to work together for the welfare of the labourers on the occasion. “We respect the work and workers,” they said.
Chairman of the ruling NCP Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda assured the public that the new budget would be according to the election manifesto of the party. Chairman Prachanda said that the political changes in the nation were possible in the consent of all the parties, and the model of development, prosperity and socialism would be achieved also in the consent. “We believe on integration and partnership,” he added.
Addressing the function, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Upendra Yadav said that federalism was in implementation phase and this would be able to address the issues of people.
Minister for Labour and Employment Gokarna Bista said good days for the labourers had arrived.
In the initial phase of the labour movements, the workers had asked for 8 hours’ work, 8 hours’ rest and 8 hours’ entertainment,” Minister Bista said, “But they spent the 8 hours allotted for entertainment worrying about many things.”
“They used to worry about many uncertainties-- for a healthy life, incomes during old ages, during accidents etc, but now the government has ensured them solutions to their worries,” Minister Bista added.
Labour Minister Bista also informed that the government was to announce employment opportunities for 150,000 within a week.
According to him, the government had signed agreements for that.
He further added that 90,000 plus jobs would be added in the next year budget.”
Satish Kumar More, the president of Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) and Kishor Pradhan, vice-president of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), expressed their commitments to implementing the agreement reached to provide security to workers at their work place.
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