KATHMANDU, May 12 (Xinhua) -- The Nepali government has announced on Monday that it will be mandatory for the Nepali migrant workers to use machine-readable passport (MRP) from 15 May, government agency said.
Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE), which issues final work permit for Nepalis vying to leave for foreign destinations, has already made it clear that it would issue the permit only to those having MRP from the set date (15 May).
"As the hand-written passport will be invalid from 14 November, 2015, we are preparing our workers to adopt the same standard from now," Krishna Hari Puskar, director general at DoFE told Xinhua by phone.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (IACO) has already decided to ban hand-written passports from November, 2015 to make the world's aviation sector more organized and hassle- free.
He also said that the government has already extended timeframe many times in the past to give workers time to get MRPs, there is no chance of deadline extension this time.
Puskar added that the decision aimed to keep the migrant workers out of unnecessary trouble in the labor destinations.
DoFE estimates that around 25 percent of those who have received work permit still have hand-written passports while it has already been mandatory for the Nepali citizens traveling to the countries that have no diplomatic relations with Nepal.
Around 1,500 Nepali youths fly abroad especially to Gulf and Middle East to find better jobs and make an easy earning.
Foreign employment entrepreneurs in the Himalayan country however have urged the government to extend the deadline for the last time to allow all without MRPs to procure one for them.