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Board to get chief in two weeks:

The government has started the process to appoint the executive director at the Foreign Employment Promotion Board. The post has remained vacant since the death of Sthaneshwor Devkota in 2012.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment said the Board will get a new chief in two weeks. According to ministy spokesman Buddhi Bahadur Khadka, the government held written test for the recuitment last week.

The government filled the void in a temporary arrangement but the lack of permanent head has affected welfare related work for migrant workers.

The ecxecutive firector is the member-secretaty of the 25-member Board comprising representatives of various governmental and non-governmetal stakeholders. Its sercretariat implements plans and policies.

"There is a big difference between having a stable head and a temporary one. we can expect much to change with the appointment of the new chief," said FEPB acting Director Tika Prasad Bhandari.

Officials say the Board has not been able to introduce new programmes or implement many old ones due to the reluctance of the acting head to take risk. In the past come up with any notable project

Published: 24 March 2014 KathmanduPost