Nepal Embassy Opens Camp for Stranded, Victimized Workers

The embassy of Nepal, with the support of community members, has rented a camp in the industrial area to accommodate stranded Nepalese workers.

Rajendra Pandey, Charge d' Affaires at the embassy told The Peninsula yesterday that the facility can accommodate 50 to 60 workers at one time. Workers facing distressful situations will be provided shelter in the camp until their problems are resolved or the authorities concerned take a final decision on their pending cases.

Most of these workers will get entangled in legal disputes with their employers and will not be in a position to leave the country, he noted.

The first group being accommodated in the camp comprises 43 unpaid workers of a private company who didn't get their salaries for the past six months. They came to Doha six months ago to work in a private company.

"We have rented the camp two days ago with the help of the Nepalese community here and we will provide all the facilities including air condition, water supply etc inside the premises," Pandey said.

He noted that with an increase in the number of stranded Nepalese workers in Qatar, it had become extremely difficult to provide them temporary shelter in the embassy premises.

He hoped that the recently-opened "Qatar house for lodging and human care" located in the Old Airport area would offer shelter to stranded Nepalese workers, 99 per cent of whom are male. He felt that women workers are being given preference in this facility.

Meanwhile, a group of eight Nepalese workers employed with a private company has sought the embassy's assistance to resume work with the company. They told the embassy that they were induced by some protesting workers of the company to join their strike.

"They forced us to join the strike. But now we have realised our mistake and we are willing to go for work if the company management allows us to do that" a worker said.

The embassy official said, currently there are 339 Nepalese workers in the deportation camp, most of whom were arrested for staying illegally in the country.

"Normally these workers flee from their sponsors due to non-payment of salaries even before they get their residence permits. If at all they have an RP, it will not be renewed after expiry," Pandey said.

The official said, disputes involving non payment of salaries have decreased this year compared to last year.

Source: The Peninsula, by ZAHRA HASSAN comments: Why does the Qatari Government allow local companies to operate without paying employees? This is a question that needs to be addressed NOW. People, with families, travel half-way around the world only to discover they have become SLAVES! will put the spotlight on these scum.