Haribol Acharya

Nepal is indeed a country of innumerable potentials and possibilities. But Nepal has not developed and the poverty level has not sufficiently been improved. That nothing has been done at all. There have been indeed developments in some cases. In the educational field, there have been positive changes though quality education has not come about adequately. In the medical field also there have been great developments since hospitals and private clinics are mushrooming in the country but quality medication has still been a far cry, something that has not come about with the growing numbers of medical colleges and hospitals in the nation. What is more both educational and medical professions have been domains of business and there is no iota service motive and the main drive has been the money making at any cost. That is why people have lost faith in the educational and medical systems of the nation and that compel tens of thousands of students to flock abroad for pursuing higher studies every year. Nonetheless, that has been some improvement and progress over the past achievements in the nation but there is no room for living satisfied.

One of the things worthy of note of latest development in Nepal is mobility is increasing throughout the nation. Mobility is a must and people freezing or living stagnantly in one place cannot develop themselves. Movement is a must for human progression and advancement. Now large numbers of people are going abroad mostly in search of better jobs and also for getting a better education. Yes, this is the demand of globalization, the concept that frees one to go anywhere and gives the liberty to get the choice of living in a country that gives him or her better advantages, economic and professional choices. Of course, mobility or flocking to other countries often likely invites problems of sociocultural natures no doubt but humans are by nature mobile creatures and have to take the challenges that come in the way amicably for better advantages.

The tradition of mobility is not a new phenomenon in Nepal. In the past also there were cases of migration, relocations from mountainous and hilly regions to plains and valleys mainly for economic reasons. People used to drift to the Terai zone from the mountains and hills for larger space and also for better virgin and fertile lands. In addition, life can be easier in the plane area than in the hilly area.

However, when bulks of people leave the country for foreign employment as the same is happening in the nation, it will lead to the acute shortage in supply of labor force in the nation. Yes, inadequate supply of labor force is likely to result in hampering development works in the nation. But there should be a balance. Mobility never should be discouraged but government opens avenues for employment and industrial expansions in the nation. That may induce the youth of Nepal to do something in Nepal also.

Therefore, on the one hand, the government of Nepal must trigger development activities that will generate mass employment in the nation and on the other hand the people who want to learn new skills and expertise and better education should be equally encouraged to go abroad as well. This will be a balanced approach.