Govt drafts directive to maintain, update employee records

Kathmandu, March 12

The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development has drafted ‘Local Body Employees’ Record Directive, 2016’ to maintain employee record relating to appointment, transfer, promotion, reward and punishment, and property details.

Recently, the Cabinet had decided to proceed with formulation of the directive for keeping and updating property details of the employees under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Human Resource and Local Body Employees’ Record Keeping Section at the MoFALD will be established as the Central Record Keeping Section after the directive is approved, said an official.

Around 2,000 employees of local bodies were punished with a fine of Rs 5,000 for their failure to furnish property details. The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority had directed the MoFAL to initiate action against them. The new provisions proposed in the directive will make the employees maintain financial discipline.

As per the existing laws, 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 year, required to submit the updated statement of property in his/her or his/her family members’ name along with sources or evidence thereof to the body prescribed by the government. The concerned body or authority may extend the deadline for submission of such details for a maximum of 30 days.

If the person assuming public office does not submit the statement of property within the time-limit, he/she will be liable to a fine of Rs 5,000.