KATHMANDU, Sept 4: Eighteen Nepali workers bound for South Africa have been stranded in Sri Lanka, after the broker accompanying them died after drowning in the sea near Colombo.
The Nepali embassy in Colombo informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on August 17 that the workers were stranded after their job broker Lok Bahadur Dahal of Panchankanya VDC of Sunsari died on August 13.
The embassy said Dahal had accommodated them in Ceylon Continental Hotel and had dues of Sri Lankan Rs 270,000 (Nepali Rs 390,000) to the hotel.
However, the embassy has not mentioned the names of the workers languishing in Colombo for over three weeks.
The MoFA has written to the Ministry of Labor and Transport Management (MoLTM) to proceed with necessary measures to rescue the workers.
“Visas of the six among the stranded for stay in Sri Lanka have expired and the return tickets of a few of them have also expired. So, we directed the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) and Foreign Employment Promotion Board (FEPB) for necessary actions on Wednesday,” said an official at the MoLTM. (REPUBLICA)