KATHMANDU, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- In a clear manifestation of the country's alarming unemployment condition, Korean Employment Permit System (knows as EPS) in Nepal has received a flood of applications from Nepali aspiring candidates for the Korean language test, government officials said Thursday.
To go for employment in South Korea, it is mandatory to pass the Korean language test. Until Wednesday, EPS office received 17, 000 applications and the authorities say the number will go up in the coming days and the number is expected to go high.
Spokesperson at the Ministry of Labor and Foreign Employment Buddi Bahadur Khadka said applications were collected from different five locations in the country. He informed that the number of the applications is likely to go above 70,000 within the four-day deadline. But the authorities say they are planning to select only 8,000 people for the employment in South Korea.
A prolonged political instability has trigged slow economic development resulting in low level of employment opportunities inside the country. More and more unemployed youths are vying to go abroad for the employment.
Last year around 3,800 individuals went South Korea for the employment. South Korea is considered as an affordable and lucrative destination for Nepal migrant workers, where one can earn around 1,000 U.S. dollars monthly. After passing this exam, other process of flying to South Korea will begin.
Young people who spent several hours for the submission of applications for language test said there are not any employment opportunities in the country. "Due to the political instability, the industries are being collapsed and there are not any opportunities for the employment in the country," Raman Kharel, who spent three hours for the submission of application, told Xinhua.
Thousands of youth queue up at the different area to submit the application spending several hours.
Meanwhile, around 6,000 youths who passed the Korean language test have not been able to go to South Korea for the employment due to different reasons. But the government has not said why they are denied to go south Korea. Those youths are protesting in the Kathmandu. "The government has stopped our process and initiated another process which is a great injustice to us," Kam Kumar Poudel told Xinhua, saying that they would continue the protest.
Such case is not the first time in Nepal. Last year, the Public Service Commission demanded 1,000 program officer posts, and it received 100,000 applications. For an opening of 13,350 posts in the police force, there were 40,357 applicants. Due to the 10-year long insurgency, many industries went close and there is not investment friendly in the country and unemployment in rising.