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3.8 million Nepalis receive Social Security allowance (kh 27/05/2024), Elderly in outlying Achham villages trek up to three days to collect social security allowances : Efforts by some local units to distribute allowances from ward offices have faced challenges owing to resource crunch and poor internet, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 27/05/2024)

Prioritise Job And Social Security, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 01/05/2024)

Strengthen Social Security Scheme, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 16/04/2024)

Health insurance participants to cover 20% of treatment costs (kh 14/04/2024)

Pokhara sees rise of tourist inflow (kh 08/04/2024)

SSF distributes Rs 8.48 billion to 135,843 contributors (rep 05/04/2024)

KMC to start health insurance program from mid-May (rep 26/03/2024)

Setting Priorities For Social Protection, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 09/03/2024)

Government short of Rs25 billion to pay pensions : Pension management office seeks more funds from finance ministry, by Prithvi  Man Shrestha (kp 07/03/2024)

Social security beneficiaries down by almost 200,000  : Electronic fund transfers have reduced duplication, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/03/2024)

Inmates at central jail now covered by health insurance (kh 29/02/2024)

Strengthening social security : Family support is vital in promoting happiness and satisfaction of the elderly, by Sabina Sitaula (kp 22/02/2024)

Ambukhareni joins Social Security Fund (kh 21/01/2024)

Implications of 10% co-payment requirement in health insurance (kh 15/01/2024), HIB reduces ticket fees after implementing the co-payment system (rep 18/01/2024)

Insured will have to bear some of the treatment cost from January 15 : Only 16 percent of Nepal’s population is covered by government’s health insurance scheme (kp 28/12/2023), Leave it alone : By imposing a co-payment system, the government is all set to sabotage its health insurance scheme (kp 29/12/2023)

A look into social security of the government of Nepal : While social protection allocation has increased steadily over the years i.e. 26.71% in the fiscal year 2020/21, 19.52% in the fiscal year 2021/22, and 34.1% in the fiscal year 2022/23, the economic growth rate has remained stagnant, by Aarashi Ghimire (nlt 07/12/2023)

SSF’s sixth anniversary overshadowed by challenges and unfulfilled promises (kh 28/11/2023)

SSF boasts over 900,000 contributors as it turns six : Although the SSF had set a target of enrolling 30,000 employers by 2022/23, it only reached 19,439. Likewise, it had set a target of enrolling 500,000 contributors by 2022/23, but it easily surpassed this goal. It has enrolled 928,493 contributors so far (ae 28/11/2023)

Social security allowance distributed at beneficiaries’ doorsteps (kh 20/10/2023)

Social Protection Ensures Human Rights, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 13/10/2023)

Elderly beneficiaries of social security allowance rose by 300,000 last fiscal : Mounting cost raises concern about scheme’s sustainability, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/09/2023)

Sustainable Social Security Protection for GIG Workers, by Sadichchha Silwal. Swikriti Kutal and Milan Jung Katuwal (rep 05/09/2023)

Govt preparing to bring informal sector workers under social security scheme (rep 02/09/2023)

ocial Security For Better Society, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 29/08/2023)

Coverage extended to informal workers and self-employed : The Social Security Fund currently enlists 700,000 formal sector employees and migrant workers, by Subin Adhikari (kp 17/08/2023), Social security program for informal sector workers and self-employed launched (ae 17/08/2023)

Social security allowance under scrutiny as financial burden increases (rep 10/08/2023)

216,000 migrant workers join Social Security Fund (rep 15/07/2023)

Informal sector workers to be included in Social Security Fund (ht 13/07/2023)

Migrant workers face hassles to enrol in social security scheme : Labour migration researchers have questioned the rationale behind starting a scheme without adequate preparations, by Pawan Pandey (kp 18/04/2023)

Social Security Fund inks pacts with 44 hospitals (ht 08/04/2023)

Economic Value Of Social Security, by Sudan Kumar Oli (rn 06/04/2023)

Social Security Fund comprises 430,000 contributors (rn 23/03/2023), New SSF scheme to cover 4mn migrant workers (ht 23/03/2023)

Migrant workers being included in social security scheme (kh 23/03/2023), Migrant workers enlisted in social security scheme : The scheme which covered only formal private sector workers has been expanded to migrant workers and self-employed persons abroad, by Pawan Pandey (kp 23/03/2023)

Workers in state-owned tea gardens to be enrolled in social security fund : There are around 40 permanent and more than 150 seasonal workers in such plantations, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 28/02/2023)

Elderly seek easy access to allowance cash : Most banks are located at town centres and those from outlying areas have to travel long distances to collect the mone, by DR Pant (kp 10/02/2023)

An integrated social registry for Nepal : Social protection programmes cover about a third of the population but are yet to reach all the poor and vulnerable, by  Faris Hadad-Zervos and Lynne Sherburne-Benz (kp 10/02/2023)

Pension office short of Rs20 billion as liabilities soar amid drop in revenues : With government allocating less than the required budget, the office seeks extra Rs17 billion from finance ministry, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/01/2023)

Sustainable health insurance for all : The new government should follow the constitutional directive of access to free basic health services, by Pushpa Raj Joshi (kp 13/01/2023)

Despite resource crunch, parties keep on increasing social security beneficiaries (ae 11/01/2023)

National Records Office begins e-pension scheme (kh 08/01/2023)

Social security extended to migrants, informal workers and self-employed : According to the Social Security Fund, 381,000 employees and 17,535 employers in the private sector are currently enrolled in the scheme, by Pawan Pandey (kp 23/12/2022)

Limi locals deprived of social security grants for 17 months : More than 200 beneficiaries haven’t been able to reach the bank to verify their KYC applications and hence haven’t been able to collect the money, by Janak Bahadur Shahi (kp 18/12/2022) [??!!]

Significance Of Social Security : Evidences show that children in the families getting elderly allowances are having better education and health outcomes in Nepal, too, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 18/12/2022)

Pension and populism : The parties must rethink how long they can go on emptying the state coffers through cash handouts (kp 08/12/2022)

Social security to cover informal sector, Nepali migrant workers abroad (kh 28/11/2022)

Extending Social Protection For All, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 25/11/2022)

Only 17 percent of Nepalis covered by social protection benefit, ILO says : In Asia-Pacific, only 44.1 percent people on average have access to at least one social protection benefit, by Pawan Pandey (kp 01/09/2022)

Revamp Social Health Insurance, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 23/08/2022)

Local levels doing little to check duplication : Dual payments made to beneficiaries who had similar citizenship numbers and date of birth (ht 29/07/2022)

Khaptad Chhededaha starts distributing social security allowance from ward offices : Service initiated as senior citizens, people with disabilities from remote areas had to walk for hours to reach nearest bank, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 24/07/2022)

Life insurance companies earn Rs 139 billion in premium last fiscal (kh 21/07/2022)

Move to lower eligibility age for elderly allowance to cost over Rs15 billion : Government expenditure for social security allowances to nearly double in two years, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/07/2022)

Social security allowance at your doorsteps through mobile banking, by Lalit Bista (rep 03/07/2022)

Social Security Fund pays out about Rs 1.5 billion to contributors (kh 18/06/2022)

Enforce Farmers’ Pension Scheme, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 14/06/2022)

Social security is guaranteed to self-employed workers: Minister Shrestha (kh 14/06/2022)

Rautes receive social security allowance (rep 01/06/2022)

Old Age Allowance: Govt preparing to lower minimum eligible age to 65 yrs, by Dilip Poudel (rep 24/05/2022)

Social protection : Rampant child labour means families receive no allowances, or even if they do, the money is too little (ht 20/05/2022)

More than 7,000 insured canceled their life insurance policies in the first nine months of current FY (rep 13/05/2022)

Health insurance must be an election agenda : Nepal’s health insurance program is due for urgent reform, or it risks being obsolete, by Gaj B Gurung (nt 13/05/2022)

Social security system in Nepal: Protection at what cost?, by Prakash Maharjan (nlt 09/05/2022)

Temal Provides Social Security Allowance To Single Men, by Madhusudhan Timhalsina (rn 14/04/2022)

Government’s health insurance scheme fails to retain subscribers : Only 20 percent of the total population is covered by the scheme and dropout rate is high owing to poor service delivery at healthcare institutions, by Arjun Poudel (kp 09/04/2022), Health insurance policyholders bear the brunt of payment arrears by authority : Hospitals curtail services to those covered by health insurance owing to delay in payment by insurance board, by Madhab Aryal (kp 10/04/2022)

Single women, men to get allowances (kh 12/02/2022)

More local levels using bank to distribute social security allowance (ht 11/02/2022)

reparation underway to incorporate family members of migrant workers in health insurance scheme (rep 21/01/2022)

Senior citizens’ ordeal to get social security allowance : Government might recall allowances deposited into bank accounts if they don’t present themselves. For some of the senior citizens, it takes up to two days to reach the bank from their homes, by Gopal Sharma (ae 16/12/2021)

Informal Sector Workers Will Be Covered Under Social Security Fund: Minister Shrestha (rn 28/11/2021)

Social security allowance through camps (kh 11/10/2021)

Social security allowance : Call to curb fake beneficiaries, duplication (ht 16/09/2021), Make it systematic : It is imperative to ensure banking services in all the local levels to make the social security scheme more systematic (ht 17/09/2021)

Government to honour beneficiaries who shun social security allowance voluntarily (ht 04/09/2021)

Government mulls options to ease growing burden of social security allowances : Observers call for alternatives even as safety net for the elderly, poor, vulnerable and needy is state’s responsibility, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/08/2021)

SC issues interim order against SSF, asks authorities to stop listing pvt sector employees by force (rep 04/08/2021)

Making a mess of social security : Employers and employees rightly do not trust the new Social Security Fund, by Achyut Wagle (kp 06/07/2021)

Bankers protest against being ‘forcibly’ taken to SSF (rep 30/06/2021)

Construction workers step up demand for social securityAs per labour rights groups’ estimates, there are nearly 2.5 million construction workers in the country working in unsafe conditions and without social security, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/06/2021)

'Practical issues in implementing social security schemes' (ht 02/05/2021)

Day-Long Queue For Allowance (rn 18/04/2021)

Government again asks companies, workers to enrol under social security scheme : As response to the scheme has remained sluggish even after two years of its rollout, the government is considering taking action against employers who do not comply, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 12/04/2021)

Authorities told to give allowance through bank (ht 31/03/2021)

Health Insurance Reaches 77 Districts (rn 29/03/2021)

Revising Pension Scheme in Nepal, by Nitish Lal Shrestha (ht 17/03/2021)

More funds released for social security allowances : Single women below 60, partially disabled and pensioners of foreign government services are among those who will benefit from the funds, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/03/2021)

SSF Scheme Should Cover More Areas, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 23/02/2021)

Government amends Social Security Scheme rules to attract workers : Officials hope expanded protection for workers and more options will attract people to join the contribution-based social security scheme, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 19/02/221)

Upgrading Health Centres Must For Health Insurance Scheme, by Nayak Paudel (rn 13/02/2021)

Employers found missing social security scheme’s monthly premium deadline, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 28/01/2021)

Rising social security allowance costs cast doubt on sustainability of scheme : Number of beneficiaries doubles in 10 years, could cover 30 percent of population if all entitled are included, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/01/2021), Social insecurity : Nepal’s social security schemes do not work  for the intended  beneficiaries, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 12/01/2021), Welfare cheque : Social security schemes should be equitable and sustainable (kp 13/01/2021)

Credit facilities rolled out to woo workers, employers into joining social security scheme : Contributors will soon be able to avail loan under various categories, say officials as they try to assuage public concerns about the fund, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 04/12/2020)

Finance Ministry tells Beema Samiti to provide Covid-19 insurance payment within 3 days  (rep 03/12/2020)

Two years on, social security scheme fails to gather momentum : Labour groups doubt government and employers are committed to implementing scheme, want informal workers included, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 27/11/2020)

Council of trade unions slams employers (ht 27/11/2020)

Banking channel mandatory for distribution of social security allowance (ht 11/2020)

Beema Samiti To Present Details About Corona Insurance, by Keshab Raj Paudel (rn 09/11/2020)

Settle COVID insurance claims within a week: IB (ht 04/11/2020)

Authorities told to release social security allowance (ht 16/10/2020)

Government reduces insurance premium subsidy for its credit programmes (kp 15/10/2020)

Single women, disabled may be deprived of social security allowance in Dashain : Amendment to the Social Security Act to ensure benefits to the deprived groups is yet to be passed by Parliament, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/10/2020), Those deprived of social security may get financial assistance, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/10/2020)

Only 279 COVID insurance claims settled (ht 04/09/2020)

Half of beneficiaries could be deprived of social security money: As per the social security regulation, renewal of identity cards is a must by mid-August even during pandemic, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/08/2020)

Social Welfare Council once again asks nonprofits to join social security scheme: Possible discontinuation of contributions to the fund once their staffers are out of their jobs is their main concern, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/08/2020)

Revised regulation in Security Allowance Act hangs single helpless women out to dry: The new regulation issued by the Department of National ID and Civil Registration to exclude single women below 60 years of age from receiving the Helpless Single Woman Allowance, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 29/05/2020)

Social security allowance won’t be discontinued: Minister Gurung (rn 23/05/2020), NHRC urges government not to curtail social security allowance (ht 24/05/2020)

No hike in old age allowance, civil servants’ salary (ht 23/05/2020)

Citizen Investment Trust starts pension scheme, including for migrants (ht 18/03/2020)

144,000 workers join social security scheme (rep 10/02/2020)

I/NGOs want clarity concerning temporary staff in government’s social security programme: The council says the enrolment numbers will grow after all outstanding concerns are addressed, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/01/2020)

Locals picket RM office over social security allowance (ht 01/01/2020)

Govt to review Social Security Fund guidelines (ht 24/12/2019)

Not ready to participate in social security fund, says N-PABSON chair (ht 22/12/2019)

MoLESS tries to allay doubts about SSF (ht 20/12/2019)

Senior citizens, single women and people with disabilities deprived of social security allowance in Siraha: They have been protesting in front of the Bhagawanpur Rural Municipality office for the past two days, by Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 19/12/2019)

BFIs against mandatory participation in social scheme (ht 16/12/2019)

Elderly, disabled deprived of social security allowance (ht 07/12/2019)

Why Nepal's social security scheme has failed to take off: Employers are apprehensive about signing up to the programme, workers are not fully aware of the scheme, and the government has failed to convince contributors, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 05/12/2019)

The government’s year-old social security scheme is a mess: Arbitrary actions, confusing policies and opaque management will throttle investments and economic growth, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 03/12/2019)

Govt to extend deadline for SSF registration (ht 02/12/2019)

Labour rights groups question sluggish progress of Social Security Scheme: One year after the implementation of the ambitious scheme, only 11,000 employers have registered in the government programme, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 28/11/2019)

Karnali Province fails to implement accidental insurance scheme, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 27/11/2019)

Private sector firms are warming up to Contribution-based Social Security Scheme: Cooperatives and private schools pledged to sign up after the government announced a loan programme for registered contributors, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 12/11/2019)

Government offers loans to lure workers to Social Security Scheme: After a lukewarm response to the contribution-based Social Security Scheme, the government has come forward with up to Rs10 million in loans to workers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/11/2019)

Bankers agree to join social security programme (ht 08/11/2019)

Govt-backed health insurance scheme covers more than 26,000 in Khotang (rep 31/10/2019)

Government gives one-month extension for registration under the contribution-based Social Security scheme: A contributor can also get social, educational and housing loans from the Social Security Fund, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/10/2019)

Irregularities in social allowance (ht 23/10/2019)

Leaving no one behind: Nepal’s social protection schemes have contributed to addressing vulnerabilities associated with different stages of life but access to social protection remains uneven and uncoordinated, by Elke Wisch and Faris Hadad-Zervos (rep 22/10/2019)

Farmers to get pension: Khanal (ht 18/10/2019)

Enrolments under government’s social security scheme abysmally below target: Around 6,000 private sector firms and over 90,000 workers registered before Thursday’s deadline, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 18/10/2019), Majority of companies fail to register at SSF (ht 18/10/2019)

Around 6,000 employers registered at SSF so far (ht 17/10/2019)

Over 50,000 workers listed in social security fund: 4,790 firms sign up for mandatory SSF a month before the deadline for registration (rep 12/09/2019)

Labour rights groups question employers’ commitment to social security scheme: Even months after rolling out the scheme, registration has been low, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/08/2019), The government needs to urge the private sector to sign up for Social Security Scheme: After much fanfare during the launch, there are few takers for the programme (kp 27/08/2019)

PABSON pledges to rope in member schools to SSF fold (rep 24/08/2019)

The Social Security Fund: Good intentions, lousy planning: The scheme needs to be improved and fine-tuned to remove inconsistencies, by Sushrey Nepal (kp 23/08/2019)

Two separate institutions to handle pensions of government employees: Pension Management Fund to oversee regular pensioners while Employees Provident Fund to manage contribution-based pension fund, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/08/2019)

Social protection in Nepal: Spending on social security has reached more than 3.5 percent of the gross domestic product, by Chandra Ghimire (kp 08/08/2019)

Disabled senior citizens have to travel far to get social security allowance: The government has made it mandatory for beneficiaries to receive their allowance through banks, by Abadesh Kumar Jha (kp 29/07/2019)

Response To Social Security Plan, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 25/07/2019)

Red tape’s repercussions: Social Security Allowance finally distributed after nine months in Mugu: The government allocates a monthly allowance of Rs 400 to children below five years, Rs 1, 000 to single women and people between 60 to 70 years, and Rs 2,000 to people over the age of 70 and to the completely disabled, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 23/07/2019)

Govt staff allowed to purchase social security schemes from EPF, CIT, by Umesh Poudel (ht 18/07/2019)

Business fraternity slams govt policy (ht 18/07/2019)

Nearly 3,500 firms registered at SSF till date (ht 11/07/2019)

Health insurance mandatory for migrant workers (ht 26/06/2019)

Senior citizens welcome increase in allowance, but say they are not fully happy: Government has increased senior citizen allowance by Rs 1,000, by Anup Ojha (kp 30/05/2019)

No sustenance allowance for unemployed this year, by Nikeeta Gautam (rep 27/05/2019)

Nepal Stock Exchange expands electronic settlement system: Investors now can conduct electronic transfers via any member bank by paying a fee, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 23/05/2019)

Govt to provide health insurance worth Rs 1 lakh (ht 19/05/2019)

Social security scheme to be  implemented from July 17 (ht 17/05/2019)

Implementing Social Security Fund, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 16/05/2019)

Social security fund: Firms asked to register details by this fiscal year (ht 06/05/2019)

Social security allowances not distributed for six months, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 04/05/2019)

Social security scheme, after being launched with a pomp, receives lukewarm response: The number of firms registered for the plan so far is negligible, officials say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 01/05/2019)

Senior citizens, disabled people get social security grant at their doorsteps, by Pratap Bista (kp 23/04/2019)

Health insurance fails to attract Baitadi folk, by Tripti Shahi (kp 19/04/2019)

Funds collected for social security schemes already spent: Finance ministry refuses to transfer Rs 22 billion collected over the previous eight years to Social Security Fund (rep 17/04/2019)

Government targets 50 percent insurance coverage in 5 years, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 08/04/2019)

Deceased govt  officials’ kin to be entitled to full pension, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 27/03/2019)

Private schools say they can’t chip in to government’s social security plan: Contribution-based benefit scheme is not feasible for small and middle level schools, say educators, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/03/2019)

Senior citizens face hardships to collect social security benefit, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 27/02/2019)

Lawmakers demand health insurance for all (ht 27/02/2019)

Enrolment in social security scheme remains low as deadline expires for Valley: 1,620 firms  registered  nationwide, with 1,243 in Province 3, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 19/02/2019)

PM Employment Programme draws mixed reactions: Failure to implement the scheme effectively may make it a huge fiscal burden, experts say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 15/02/2019)

Life sustainability allowance only for genuinely unemployed people (ht 14/02/2019)

Government faces hurdle to operate Social Security Fund, by Umesh Poudel (ht 13/02/2019)

Unemployed to get Rs 22,417 per annum (ht 12/02/2019)

More employers join social security programmes to protect workers: Over 700 business firms, representing the formal private sector, sign up for the scheme, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 29/01/2019), 625 firms register at Social Security Fund (ht 29/01/2019)

Bill obliges children to deposit certain percentage of salary in parents’ account, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 13/01/2019)

Taking away employee welfare fund from companies enrage employees: Workers shall get lower salary while cost of doing business rises for companies, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 01/01/2019)

Social security allowance distribution affected (ht 28/12/2018)

Homeowners insurance rate to drop in January, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 24/12/2018)

Nearly 200 private firms register for Social Security Schemes: Officials say private companies joining the programme is an encouraging sign, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 08/12/2018), 194 firms register at Social Security Fund (ht 10/12/2018)

Social insecurity, by Om Astha Rai (nt 07/12/2018)

Social Security: Prospects & Challenges, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 06/12/2018)

Moving beyond paper: Everything looks promising on paper until we get to work, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 04/12/2018)

Waiting for the pay-off: The success of the Social Security Scheme depends on how effectively it is implemented, by Chandan Sapkota (kp 03/12/2018)

Launching of Social Security Scheme: Nepali Congress slams Oli government’s publicity stunt, by Sanjay Lama (kp 03/12/2018)

Govt’s Social Security Plan, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 01/12/2018)

Social insecurity, by Om Astha Rai (nt 30/11/2018)

Govt to unveil Social Security Scheme today, by Umesh Poudel (ht 27/11/2018), Pricey publicity stunt obscures much-hyped social security policy, by Bibek Subedi and Anil Giri (kp 28/11/2018), The cult of KP: Social security scheme should reflect in government’s policies—not in its posters (kp 28/11/2018), Ambitious scheme: While SSF will  provide lifelong benefit to private sector employees, the business  community may  find it hard to  sustain its growth (ht 28/11/2018), ‘Social Security Fund a historical achievement’ (ht 28/11/2018)

Nabil offers Rs 300,000 health insurance for saving account holders (rep 26/11/2018)

Ambitious social security scheme ready for private sector workers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 24/11/2018)

Social security schemes on cards for private sector workers, by Umesh Poudel (ht 15/11/2018)

Allowance distribution: Roving Rautes receive payout, by Kalendra Sejuwal (kp 14/10/2018)

Medical insurance getting popular in Jumla, by DB Buda (rep 24/09/2018)

Ensuring Social Security, by Hari Bahadur Thapa (rn 20/09/2018)

Social security allowance misused in Rautahat: Money disbursed in the names of persons long dead (ht 19/09/2018)

No social security for foreign job pensioners: New rule bars Nepali citizens receiving monetary benefits from foreign services (kp 06/09/2018)

Surge in pension payments drains government coffers (kp 02/09/2018)

Bill bars pensioners from receiving security allowances (rep 29/08/2018)

New bill seeks to guarantee social security of citizens (ht 26/08/2018)

Jobless citizens to get sustenance allowance (kp 24/08/2018), Govt distributing subsistence allowance to unemployed citizens, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 29/08/2018)

Government mulls social security scheme for migrant Nepali workers, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 16/08/2018)

Contributory pension scheme proposed, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 07/08/2018), Bill on pension fund 2018: Government shifting to contributory pension scheme; New bill proposes deducting six percent of salary of government staff for pension fund (rep 07/08/2018)

Scheme attracts people with chronic conditions, by Nayak Paudel (kp 06/08/2018)

Govt proposes 120-day jobless allowance: Will be provided to those in 18 to 60 age group if they’re looking for job, but have not found one, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 06/08/2018)

Health insurance plan yet to cover 38 districts in Nepal (kp 07/06/2018)

Govt renews bid for contributory pension: Federal Admin Restructuring Committee had suggested the change saying the old system was not sustainable, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/05/2018)

Retd support employees of public schools demand pension (ht 02/05/2018)

Health insurance in Nepal, by Saroj Nepal (ht 02/05/2018)

Senior citizens want allowance delivered at home, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 03/04/2018)

Govt 'shelves' decision to reduce age threshold for elderly allowance (rep 02/04/2018)

Annual budget for pensions to touch Rs 300 billion in 10 years, by Ayam Shrestha (rep 01/04/2018)

Insurance board frets over lapse ratio (ht 01/04/2018)

Balance Between Insurer, State & Individual, by Jennifer Thielen (rn 07/03/2018)

Rolpa locals deprived of allowance since eight months (rep 22/02/2018)

Political will must for farmers’ pension scheme (ht 17/02/2018)

Citizens can now claim elderly allowance at 65 (kp 25/01/2018)

NSU for students’ health insurance (kp 09/01/2018)

Few people opt for health insurance in Ilam: Only 27,000 people out of 290,000 have health insurance in the district, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 06/01/2018)

Insurance benefits: All sorts of communicative tools need to be mobilized to disseminate insurance policy related information to the general public, by Ruka Pandey (rep 06/01/2018)

SHSDC plans to increase health insurance coverage amount (ht 25/11/2017)

Health insurance made mandatory for all (ht 05/11/2017)

Health insurance bill: Way forward, by Nirmal Kandel (ht 27/10/2017)

ICTF to spend 60pc health care budget on kidney diseases (ht 26/10/2017)

Elderly elated to get allowance at home: Although the government had introduced the allowance for the welfare of senior citizens, they had to struggle a lot for the little amoount, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 24/10/2017)

Novel scheme: Implementation of the health insurance scheme will not be easy. It will not be sufficient to cover the health related problems of a family (ht 23/10/2017)

Addressing roadblocks: Preparation is required to ensure possible challenges to the Health Insurance Bill do not hamper sustainability of health coverage, by Nirmal Kandel (kp 19/10/2017)

Govt to expand health insurance programme in 14 more districts (ht 18/10/2017)

House nod to landmark bill to ensure universal health care, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/10/2017), Landmark bill: The federal, provincial and local level governments are required to bear insurance premium of poor and marginalized families (ht 12/10/2017)

Health for all: We need rich debates to identify insurance structures that best suit individual provinces in new federal setup, by Bhagirath Yogi and Pramod R. Regmi (rep 08/10/2017)

Around Rs 240mln released under SSA scheme in Tanahu (ht 02/10/2017)

Revolving Social Security Fund from Nov 13: Employers will have to deposit funds every month in SSF, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/09/2017)

Govt to spend Rs 45bn on pension this fiscal: Plans to launch contributory pension scheme, by Sabin Mishra (ht 04/09/2017), Discriminatory scheme: The bureaucrats who have played a key role in drafting the bill have only looked after their petty interests (ht 05/09/2017)

Health insurance coverage could surge significantly, by Sabin Mishra (ht 25/08/2017)

Focus on implementation: Labour and social security laws should be properly enforced to create win-win situation (kp 22/08/2017)

Health insurance bill forwarded to House panel (kp 18/08/2017)

Government mulling over contributory pension scheme (ht 15/08/2017)

Health insurance bill in House (kp 07/08/2017)

Welfare sum for migrant workers’ kin doubled, by Sabin Mishra (ht 01/08/2017), Migrant workers will now pay up to Rs 2,500 into welfare fund (rep 01/08/2017), Money for misuse: Migrant Workers’ Welfare Fund (rep 02/08/2017)

Health insurance intricacies: Universal health care in Nepal need not be a pipe dream if there is a sound and actionable legal framework in place, by Manoj Bhattarai (kp 30/07/2017)

Draft social security plan for poor families finalised (kp 29/07/2017)

Parliament passes Social Security Bill (kp 25/07/2017)

Govt revises welfare schemes for migrants: Compensation to families of deceased workers doubled; Workers suffering from grave illness and severe injuries are also covered by the government’s new welfare programme (kp 18/07/2017)

Govt policies help life insurance sector growth (ht 08/07/2017)

Something to be proud of Social security allowances can be an important vehicle for strengthening social contract between state and citizens, by Subindra Bogati and Rasmus Schjoedt (kp 07/07/2017)

Get insured: Recently-introduced health insurance scheme will not succeed without people’s understanding and participation, by Kahar Singh Khadka (kp 06/07/2017)

Distribute social security allowance without delay, DoCR tells local levels (ht 01/06/2017)

Musahars deprived of allowance for not having toilets, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 01/07/2017)

Local units cannot spend grant on social security allowance: MoFALD (rep 01/06/2017)

Health insurance coverage for all within 3 years: Govt (rep 30/05/2017)

Social security allowance: Elderly, children face inconvinence (ht 25/05/2017)

Expansion of health insurance coverage challenging: Gagan Thapa (ht 13/05/2017)

'Labor Bill, Social Security Bill crucial to improve laborer-employer relation' (rep 02/05/2017)

Govt proposes mandatory health insurance for orphanages, child rehabs (rep 29/04/2017)

Govt plans to increase succour for cancer care (kp 18/04/2017)

‘A major area where we are working on is to bring health insurance policy’, interview with Chiranjibi Chapagain, chairman of the Insurance Board (ht 17/04/2017)

Universal health coverage: Draft bill sent for deliberation (kp 13/04/2017), Government endorses health insurance bill (ht 13/04/2017), Health insurance: Since there would be much benefit accruing from the draft Health Insurance Bill, all the stakeholders should see to it that it is implemented (ht 14/04/2017)

Social security allowance not distributed since the past six months, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 11/04/2017)

Govt set to launch health insurance (ht 06/04/2017)

Foreign insurers told to maintain capital fund (kp 05/04/2017)

Paid-up capital requirement for insurance cos hiked by 4 times, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 01/04/2017), Insurers told to raise paid-up capital by 4 times (kp 02/04/2017)

Govt plans streamlined access to social benefits (kp 31/03/2017)

Elderly denied social security allowance (ht 31/03/2017)

Migrants, family members to get treatment support: Aid in cases of chronic ailments like cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or kidney and heart diseases (kp 28/03/2017)

Local levels told to distribute social security allowance (ht 22/03/2017)

Non-life insurers still to settle 25 percent of quake-related claims (rep 13/03/2017)

Digitization of social allowance in progress, by Ruhee Shrestha (rep 11/03/2017)

Credit where it is due: Govt is making strides in providing social security nets for migrant workers, but more has to be done (kp 03/03/2017)

Insurance policy for migrants on anvil (kp 14/02/2017)

Farm insurance premium collection jumps 65 percent: Considering agricultural sector’s contribution to the economy, premium collection indicates low penetration of farm insurance scheme (kp 13/03/2017)

Health cover: The initiative taken by the government and IB will greatly address the concerns of all migrant workers employed in harsh climatic and hazardous conditions (ht 13/02/2017)

New insurance policy for migrants from today (ht 12/02/2017)

Yield-based insurance scheme available for spring paddy cultivators (kp 08/02/2017)

Karnali locals not happy with 20 kg rice, by DB Buda (rep 04/02/2017)

Nutrition allowance scheme boosts birth registration, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 02/02/2017)

Life insurance: For a secure future, by Sashin Shrestha (ht 02/02/2017)

Govt to enrol kin of migrant workers into health insurance (kp 29/01/2017)

Health insurance: Failure to identify poor affects plan, by Manish Gautam (kp 25/01/2017)

Insurance to double for migrant workers: PM (kp 25/01/2017), Insurance for migrant workers raised, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 25/01/2017), More insurance, welfare plan for migrant workers unveiled: A migrant worker to get up to Rs 2.7 million under social welfare and insurance  (rep 25/01/2017), A laudable effort: Govt should convince migrant workers of  the benefits of the new insurance provisions (kp 26/01/2017)

Insurance agents resume work after IB raises cap (kp 16/01/2017)

IB boss Chapagain vows to find friendly solution: Life insurance agents have stopped issuing new policies for more than a month (kp 12/01/2017)

Chapagain at the helm of Insurance Board (ht 03/01/2017)

Curbs on incentives: Life insurance agents halt new policy issuance (kp 22/12/2016)

Economically weak, underprivileged families deprived of health insurance in Kailali (ht 13/12/2016)

Insurance Board reduces premium for private cars (kp 12/12/2016)

Needs of the poor: Implement findings; The poor families should be provided identity cards that will enable them to receive ‘social security allowance’ and ‘compulsory health insurance’. This allowance can be used by the poor for total health care, by Vikash Raj Satyal (ht 01/12/2016)

Ensuring proper insurance: This earthquake is a lesson to review how homes and businesses should be insured, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 09/10/2015)

Extending Social Protection As A Recovery Strategy, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 30/06/2015)
Documents / Websites

World Bank: Doing Business, Statistical data for Nepal. Washington, 25 October 2016

World Bank. Nepal Development Update: Remittances at Risk, May 2016

Worldbank: Nepal

International Monetary Fund: Nepal

Asian Development Bank: Nepal

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)

Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM)

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