PM Employment Program: Nearly Rs. 3.45 billion grant to 688 municipalities

Kathmandu: A grant of Rs 3.45 billion has been allocated for the Prime Minister’s Employment Program this year.

According to the decision of the Council of Ministers of the Government of Nepal on January 15, conditional grant of Rs. 3.44 billion has been provided to 688 municipalities across the country for the fiscal year 2020/2021, according to the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security.

According to the Ministry, the grant was provided on the basis of entering the details of the unemployed person in the Employment Management Information System (EMIS) till December 30. Grants are distributed according to the number of unemployed at the local level.

The Ministry of Labor through the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration has directed the municipality to spend the amount received as conditional grant only on the wages of the workers. The minimum wage has been fixed at Rs. 517.

Similarly, the ministry has instructed the municipality to employ the unemployed listed in EMIS only by issuing beneficiary identity cards.