Widening Banking and Insurance Services to Community is a priority in Nepal
Published: 11 December 2018
Dr. Chirajibi Nepal, Governor of Nepal Rastra Bank (Central Bank) stressed that the key priority for Finance Sector Development in Nepal is to reach out to those who are denied access to formal financial services in the community. As per available statistics, 90% of the citizens do not have insurance cover, and 40% of the populations are excluded from the formal financial services.
Governor of Nepal Central Bank was the guest of honour delivered the keynote speech at the recently concluded Tripartite Social Dialogue on Banking and Financial Sector Issues in Kathmandu, Nepal. Social dialogue was initiated by the Financial Institute Employees’ Union of Nepal [FIEUN] with the support of SASK Finland, and UNI Apro.
Dr. Chirajibi Nepal insisted that banks spend the minimum of 3% of the personnel budgets on capacity development of the employees, and welcomed the social dialogue organized by the FIEUN to discuss matters of mutual interest amongst all stakeholders as a watchdog of the industry.
A discussion paper was presented by Mr Nar Bahadur Thapa, Executive Director Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) focusing on the areas of financial sector development-oriented policy reforms, for mergers between financial institutions for the stability of the industry and to improve the regulatory effectiveness on shadow banking activities of non-banking entities.
The dialogue outcomes affirmed the priority areas to widen financial inclusions with the support of the digital technological advancement to stimulate growth in the economy, with adequate upskilling and reskilling opportunities extended to the employees to reach out to those marginalized to increase financial literacy in the society.
The multi-stakeholder group consisted CEO’s of Commercial Banks, Principal officials of Nepal Bankers Association, Microfinance Bankers’ Association, regulatory and supervision officials from the NRB, trade union officials of the FIEUN affiliates and UNI NLC officials joined in to lively discussions to harness employee engagement to offer new customer experiences under a decent working conditions in the finance industry in Nepal.
Padam Raj Regmi President of the FIEUN moderated the dialogue process thanked all the sponsors and the participants for joining the social dialogue and contributing for the lively discussions.
Organized by: FIEUN Women Committee
Date: 7th September 2018
In order to celebrate hindu’s popular festival Teej, FIEUN women committee organized an anti-harassment program and teej celebration program at Siddhartha Foodland, Purano Baneshwor. In the morning session about 40 women employees from different financial organizations (both public and private sector) have participated in Anti-harassment training and campaign. The morning session training started at 10 A.M. The issue of the meeting was focused around one of the most eminent topics “Workplace harassment; women’s concern, response and prevention”. FIEUN has invited one of the famous media person from Nepal Television (NTV), Mrs. Arati Chataut. She is currently a director of NTV and also a gender analyst. Another resource person for the training was Mr. Subarna Karmacharya, a director of Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC). And the last session of the training was carried out by Mrs. Bandana Sharma, Vice President (Women) of FIEUN national committee. All of the classes were focused around the periphery of Workplace harassments issues in context of Nepalese sector organizations, current Anti-Harassment Act 2071 of Nepal and critical analysis of this act and also the preventive measures to combat such issues in workplace.
At the first keynote presentation “Workplace Harassment; Women’s Concern and Response” sister Arati Chataut (Director, Nepal Television), demonstrate about different types of harassments, women workers are facing at both private and public-sector organizations. As the financial institutions seem to be one of the safer and decent workplace from outside but, according to different incidents, it has been analyzed that it is not safer from inside. Different harassments are done to the women workers at the name of Performance Appraisal. Therefore, in order to combat such grievances women should have strong will power from inside, should be educated and all job segregation should be avoided in order to be entered in all types of jobs.
On the second keynote presentation “Women Workers Rights in Nepal; implementation in workplace” brother Subarna Karmacharya (Director, Nepal Trade Union Congress), highlights about Acts and policies that has been implemented in Nepal’s interim constitutions. He also reveals about different clause and sub clauses present on women workplace rights and social security in Nepal’s government. He also gave examples of different types of rights that are present to protect women and secure her job at the time of maternity in many developed countries like Denmark and Finland. Lastly, he ended the presentation by giving a good example of a Nepalese housewife, who is enrolled in every household activities but, the social eye towards her is just a jobless woman without any work to do.
On the third keynote presentation “Discrimination and Harassment Free Workplace” sister Bandana Sharma (Vice President (Women), FIEUN), demonstrated about research carried out by FIEUN and discusses major analysis found from that research report. She also reveals about the loop-holes present in current Anti-harassment Act of Nepal ,2071 B.S and what can be the upcoming strategies to struggle against such harassments issue in Nepalese sector organizations.
After the first morning session of training the second session started around 2 P.M and was focused on celebration of Hindu Women great festival Teej, a religious, social and cultural festival in Nepal. Around 70 The second session program was Chaired by Women Committee’s Acting President, Mrs. Tika Kala Sharma.The program started with the welcoming remarks of Vice President (Women) of Fieun, Bandana Sharma and teej wishes greetings from two female leaders of Nepal Trade Union Congress, Asha Singh Rathor and Radhika Kuikel. Fraternal greetings of brother Padam Raj regmi (President, FIEUN)
At Last, respected Meena pandey as Chief Guest of the event (Member of Parliament of Nepali congress party) puts her concluding remarks on the auspicious occasion of teej and greetings to all the women participated.
Finally, the program ended up with a wonderful lunch at the periphery and sharing of greetings.
धितोपत्र बोर्डका निर्देशक डा.अधिकारीले भने, ‘अर्थमन्त्रीको अनुत्पादक शब्द र पूँजीगत लाभकर बढ्दा सेयर बजार धरासयी’
धितोपत्र बोर्डले निर्देशक डा. नवराज अधिकारीले सरकारले बजेटमार्फत सेयर खरिदबिक्री वापतको पूँजीगत लाभकर बढाउनु गलत भएको बताएका छन् । ‘यदि सेयर बजार बुझेका अर्थमन्त्री हुन् भने सेयर लाग्दै आएको पूँजीगत लाभकर बढाउनु हुँदैन्थ्यो,’ नेपाल वित्तीय संस्था कर्मचारी संघको कार्यक्रममा कार्यपत्र प्रस्तुत गर्दै उनले भने, ‘सरकारको अल्पकालिन सोचका कारण सेयर बजारमा समस्या उत्पन्न भएको छ ।’
अर्थतन्त्रको बागडोर सम्हाल्ने व्यक्तिले पूँजी बजारलाई अनुत्पादक क्षेत्र भन्दिदा समग्र लगानीकर्ताको मनोवल खस्किएको समेत उनको आरोप थियो । सरकारले कर संकलनको नाममा सेयरमा पूँजीगत लाभकर बढाउँदा सरकारी ढुकुटीमा जम्मा हुने राजस्वमा झन संकुचन आएको समेत उनले जानकारी दिए ।
सेयर कारोबारमा लाग्ने व्यक्तिगत पूँजीगत लाभकर ५ प्रतिशतबाट साढे ७ प्रतिशत पुर्याउँदा बजारमा कारोबार रकममा समेत उल्लेख्य गिरावट आएको उनको तर्क थियो । ‘सरकारले बजेट ल्याउनुपूर्व बजारमा दैनिक १ अर्ब रुपैयाँ बराबरको कारोबार हुँदै आएको थियो,’ उनले भने, ‘पूँजीगत लाभकरकै कारण अहिले दैनिक कारोबार १७ देखि २० करोड रुपैयाँमा खुम्चिएको छ ।’ जसका कारणले सरकाले सेयर कारोबारबाट प्राप्त गर्ने राजस्वमा समेत अघिल्लो आर्थिक बर्षको तुलनामा गत आबमा उल्लेख्य गिरावट आएको उनको भनाई थियो ।
यस अघि धितोपत्र बोर्डले धितोपत्र सुचिकरण विनियमावलीमा बोर्डले कम्पनीको सुचिकरण शुल्क घटाई स्वीकृतिका लागि पठाएकोमा नेप्सेको बोर्डबाट पुर्नविचार गर्न बोर्डबाट माग भएबमोजिम नै शुल्क राखी पठाउनु पर्ने बाध्यता भएको समेत उनले खुलस्त पारे । कारले पछिल्लो समय वित्तीय सुधारका नाममा स्वायत्त निकायलाई आफु मातहत राख्न खोजेको र त्यसले आगामी दिनमा वित्तीय अस्थिरता निम्त्याउने समेत उनले जानकारी दिए ।
विशेषगरी सरकारले बीमा सम्बन्धी ऐनलाई आफु अनुकुल परिमार्जन गरी बीमाको दायरालाई संकुचन गर्न लागेको समेत उनको आरोप थियो । सरकारले समितिलाई प्राधिकरण बनाउदा बीमा समितिका कर्मचारीलाई स्वत प्राधिकरणमा कर्मचारी हुनेछन् भन्नु पर्नेमा सो व्यवस्था हटाएर गलत गरेको समेत उनको आरोप थियो । यसैगरी ससरकाले बीमा शुल्कमा शुन्य दमलव ५ प्रतिशतका दरले कर लगाउँदा बीमा व्यवसाय झन संकुचन हुने समेत उनले जानकारी दिए ।