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Govt sets minimum wage of workers at Rs 13,450 a month

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KATHMANDU — The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security has fixed Rs 13,450 as the minimum monthly wage of labourers effective from fiscal year 2018/19.

Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Gokarna Bista on Monday organised a press meet to make the announcement on the recommendation of Minimum Wage Determination Committee. The minimum wage will be implemented from July 17, said Minister Bista.

Speaking to the media personnel, Minister for Labour Gokarna Raj Bista said that the rate of salary increment of the workers is higher this time compared to the past increments.

The decision was taken as per the trilateral discussions held between employers, representatives of trade unions and government.

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The employer, in a meeting held on Sunday, agreed to increase the monthly wage of Rs 12,500, proposed by them, to Rs 13,450. The trade union had lowered their demand of monthly salary to Rs 14,500 from Rs 17,000.

According to the government decision, the daily minimum wage will be Rs 517 and hourly minimum wage has been set at Rs 69.

On the occasion, Chairwoman of the Committee, Bhawani Rana, said it was imperative that the trade union should join hands for effective implementation of minimum wage rule.

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Dr KC continues fast-unto-death at Teaching Hospital

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KATHMANDU — Senior orthopedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC who was airlifted to Kathmandu by Nepal Army personnel from Jumla on Thursday has continued his hunger strike at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) in Maharajgunj.

Dr KC began his 15th hunger strike from June 30 at the Jumla-based Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS) in Jumla. He was unwilling to be airlifted by force but later yielded after his supporters and security officials clashed.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Dr KC was brought to Kathmandu as per the recommendation of KAHS as his health was deteriorating day by day.

The government planned to keep Dr KC at Bir Hospital after he landed at Tundikhel at 6:65 PM Thursday by a Nepal Army helicopter. But, Dr KC refused to be examined at Bir and so he was taken to TUTH, according to sources.

Earlier, Dr KC was taken to the Nepal Army barrack in Jumla from where he was airlifted to Surkhet and later to Tundikhel in Kathmandu.

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Local people had gathered at KAHS to obstruct the security personnel from taking Dr KC to the barracks. The agitating doctor had agreed to come to the capital after a clash between locals and security personnel turned violent injuring scores of people including a police constable.

Meanwhile, Out Patient Department (OPD) services at almost all hospitals and health facilities were halted Thursday after Nepal Medical Association, the professional organization of medical doctors and dentists, urged health workers to shut down services except emergency .

NMA, supporting the hunger strike staged by Dr KC, on Wednesday, called for the disruption of OPD services at health facilities including those in the private sector.

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