Kathmandu, February 5
The National Vigilance Centre sent personal details of 19,134 civil servants, teachers and employees of the Nepali Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force to the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority for legal action in the fiscal 2017-18.
According to the annual report submitted by NVC Secretary Bishnu Om Bade to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today, 19,134 persons holding public office in various government agencies had failed to submit their property details within the prescribed period.
As per the Prevention of Corruption Act, any person who joins public office is, within 60 days from the date of joining such office and thereafter within 60 days from the date of completion of each fiscal, required to submit updated statement of property in his/her or his/her family members’ names along with sources or evidence thereof to the body prescribed by the government.
The concerned body may extend the deadline for submission of such details for a maximum of 30 days by imposing a fine of Rs 5,000. If the person assuming public office does not submit the statement of property within the extended time limit, the concerned body may launch investigation into the property in his/her and his/her family members’ names.
Similarly, the NVC conducted monitoring of 1,140 government offices in 2017-18 and recommended action against 2,377 employees for violating the prescribed dress code. The government has been providing Rs 7,500 each per annum to civil servants as uniform allowance. The policy was introduced in 2012 to bring about uniformity in the dress of civil servants. Male civil servants are required to wear daura suruwal, coat, Nepali cap and black leather shoes or dark blue suit with white shirt and tie while shirt and pant, saree-blouse or kurta salwar of dark blue color have been prescribed for women.
NVC Secretary Bade had also given a 12-point suggestion to the government in relation to corruption control and promotion of integrity in the public bodies.
“As Nepal is a party to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, the government should bring corruption in private sector into the legal net,” one of the suggestions reads. It has also suggested that the government implement the mandatory disclosure of property more effectively, increase defect liability period for construction work, develop technical and financial standards for construction of large projects, extend the contract period on the basis of rationality, activate the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, among others.
A version of this article appears in print on February 06, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.