Exams for KMC posts in limbo

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, April 30:

Frequent change of executive officers of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has delayed examinations for filling up various posts for which over 25,000 job aspirants had applied six months ago. The KMC had called vacancies for around 350 seats on various posts. Sanukaji Maharjan of Naikap said: “I have been visiting the KMC office frequently but nobody responds. I filled up my application form on a national strike day. I had to walk for three-and-a-half hours to get to the office. My labour has gone waste.” The metropolis had called vacancies for two officers, 25 non-gazetted officers (Nayab Subba), 55 clerks (Kharadar), 60 drivers and 200 sweepers. KMC officials said they have not been able to conduct examinations because of existing problems of the temporary staffers. “After the resignation by former mayor Keshav Sthapit, nobody has initiated any action on this regard and frequent change of executive officers has also delayed the exams,” he said. Another source added that the KMC has plans to hold examinations by mid-May. “But it is still uncertain, as exam schedules were postponed many times in the past.” Hem Sharma Pokharel, executive officer at the KMC, said he was trying to understand issues and would take a concrete decision to recruit staffers. Over 625 temporary and contract staffers are waiting for their due recognition in KMC.