Nepal Today

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Low interest for Gurkhas to settle in UK

Kathmandu, 30 Aug: Even with British government providing residence visas, there’s low interest among ex-Gurkhas from the west to permanently resettle in UK, Kantipur reports from Kaski.
Old age stipend, free medical treatment and education for children are the only attraction for resettlement.
Sixty-five year olds who don’t receive pension gat the most stipend and receive from 800 to 1,000 sterling pounds. They also get free medical care, transport allowance and house rent.
“The number permanently desiring to resettle is extremely low,” GEASO western region Chairman Harkha Bahadur Pun said.’It’s difficult living there in British conditions.”
Living conditions are also expensive. It costs six to seven hundred thousand rupees to go to UK. Only those with relatives in UK are interested in going there.
So far 104 of 650 applicants have received resettlement permits.

Appointments in constitutional bodies obstructed

Kathmandu, 30 Aug: Appointments to vacant positions in constitutional have been obstructed because of Maoist movement, Annapurna Post reports.
The office of the attorney general, CIAA, election commission and Public Service Commission are without chiefs.
Maoist Chairman Prachanda is ex-officio member of the constitutional council as leader of the main opposition party. The council can’t take a decision without his presence.


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