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Embassy offers airfare help for Nepal workers in UAE

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Heartbroken Nepali workers in the UAE who lost relatives in last month’s earthquake but cannot afford to fly home to say goodbye can now get help to pay the airfare.Nepal’s ambassador to the UAE said anyone who wants to return home to bury their loved ones can get the cost of a return ticket reimbursed.

 Dhananjay Jha said many Nepalis in the UAE, especially those from the hardest-hit Sindhupal district, lost family members in the 7.8-magnitude tremor on April 25 that claimed more than 8,000 lives.He said the embassy is still receiving numerous calls from workers claiming they are desperate to fly home to perform bury the dead – but cannot afford flights, while some employers are still refusing to allow Nepali staff to travel.

 However, Jha told 7DAYS: “If somebody has lost an immediate family member and wants to go, the Embassy will give them a letter so they can get a two-way ticket reimbursed in Nepal.”

“They do have to buy the ticket to go, but they will get the money paid there.”

A death certificate must be provided as proof before the ticket is reimbursed.

“The worker has to come to get a letter from us at the embassy here confirming he or she has not received a ticket from any other source. “They can take the letter to the Foreign Employment Promotion Board in Kathmandu, along with the death certificate, where they will be compensated.”

Jha said the policy applies to migrant Nepali workers in GCC countries. “It is not government money,” he said. “We have a purpose fund at the Foreign Employment Promotion Board that has more than a billion rupees (about Dhs3.6million).

It comes from the labourers, because before leaving and coming to work in a foreign country they have to deposit 1,000 rupees there. That’s what’s come of use now.”

The information was shared by consular officials to more than 200 workers at ‘Nepal Dil Se’ (‘For Nepal, from our hearts’) – an event held on Friday to provide workers emotional guidance and financial advice to cope with the loss of family and property.

It was organised by community group Shukran Workers in collaboration with the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA-NCC) in the UAE.


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