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Victims of wage theft: Migrant Nepalis who worked in the Gulf are losing hope of recovering their money

Gopal Pariyar, 42, has lived toiling hard in the Persian Gulf region for more than 12 years...His second stint in Qatar was the most painful, he says. Although he had applied for an electrician job through a Pokhara-based recruiting agency, he was given the job of a helper at one of the project sites of Doha Metro. He had paid Rs120,000 for the job. “As an employee of Abantia Tempo, one of the subcontractors of the Doha Metro project, I was working at the firefighting section,” said Pariyar. “One can imagine how difficult such jobs can be. I had to manage everything with my basic monthly salary of Qatari Riyal 900 [Rs29,355], including my food.”...Pariyar was among more than 400 Nepalis who were sent back last year after local authorities accused them of not abiding by the government measures enforced to contain the spread of coronavirus. Pariyar, like others, was back in Nepal without any money or even any belongings. “The company did not care about us,” said Pariyar. “Everything we had was left in our room where we never returned.” But he lost not only his belongings or items, but something more valuable—his hard-earned money. The company owed him two and a half months’ salary and extra amount for overtime work... [We were unable to contact Abantia Tempo regarding these accusations]