Minister Joshi conducts surprise inspection

Kathmandu, November 10

A surprise inspection carried out by Industry Minister Nabindra Raj Joshi at the Department of Industry (DoI) and the Office of Company Registrar (OCR) today found that a majority of staff were unavailable during office hours.

A majority of departments in these two government offices were without civil servants and OCR Registrar Prem Kumar Shrestha had not reached office on time.

“When we reached these two offices to cross-check whether civil servants arrived on time, the situation was awful as a majority of them had not arrived yet. A number of service-seekers, on the other side, were waiting for government staffers to arrive,” Minister Joshi said, adding that almost 60 per cent staffers at the DoI were not present.

The minister had visited these two government offices based in Tripureshwor at 10:15am today. The surprise inspection by the minister was made following complaints from service-seekers that both these government offices didn’t deliver effective service as the employees did not attend office on time.

Addressing media persons after the monitoring, Minister Joshi said that the government cannot and will not compromise on corporate governance at any cost, and thus, Ministry of Industry (MoI) will conduct such inspections at other offices from time to time to guarantee corporate governance.

Minister Joshi also directed officials of both DoI and OCR to attend office on time and provide effective services to the public.

“Employees who do not follow office rules and are found to be creating hassles for service-seekers will face action from MoI from now onward,” added Joshi.

However, Director General at DoI Maheshwor Neupane refuted that service-seekers were not getting proper response from DoI officials and employees were tardy in reporting for duty.

“The inspection today was conducted before the office hours. Employees were just entering the office premises when the inspection was conducted,” claimed Neupane.

According to Neupane, the Civil Service Act, 2049 has a legal provision that allows 15 minutes extra to civil servants to report to duty from the official opening time. He, however, expressed his commitment to provide effective service to service-seekers at the DoI and encourage staff to be more prompt in reporting to duty.

ADB raises concern

KATHMANDU: Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director to Nepal Kenichi Yokohama has expressed his concern with the Ministry of Industry (MoI) regarding the development status of different industry projects funded by ADB.

At a meeting with Industry Minister Nabindra Raj Joshi, Yokohama urged the MoI to focus on implementation of the projects funded by ADB.

Similarly, Minister Joshi said that MoI has been giving priority to implementation of all the projects under MoI. “We are dedicated towards ADB projects,” said Joshi, adding that MoI is planning to organise an Investment Promotion Conference at the earliest.