Promoted civil servants to protest bias
Added At: 2010-06-15 11:58 PM
Last Updated At: 2010-06-16 11:58 PM
Ananta Raj Luitel
KATHMANDU: Up to 16,000 automatically promoted government employees have decided to hit the streets to protest denial of authority associated with the higher posts. “Even after getting promotion we are not authorised to exercise the increased powers,” Bhola Pokhrel, Chairman of the Nepal Government Employees’ Organisation told The Himalayan Times today.
Though the second amendment in the Civil Service Act, 1992, ensured their promotion, they are pissed off with the government for not letting them exercise more powers. Among the peeved lot are the employees at the level of non-gazetted first class Nayab Subba to the gazetted first class joint secretary. “Receiving just the salary of the higher post is not enough,” added Pokhrel.
As part of their protest, they have decided to gherao the Ministry of General Administration tomorrow.
Pokhrel said though a high-level commission led by State Minister for General Administration Jitu Gautam had recommended an amendment to the Act to meet their demand, the authorities did not take an appropriate initiative.
A government secretary said on condition of anonymity that the employees were promoted only for giving them a higher salary and they had agreed for the same when the Act was amended. Madhav Poudel, Secretary of Ministry of Law and Justice, however, added that if his Ministry received the draft bill, he would forward the same to the council of ministers for appropriate decision. “The cabinet will take a suitable decision taking into account the bureaucratic norms,” added Poudel.