PSC to offer its opinion within 10 days

Kathmandu, November 15

The Public Service Commission will give its opinion on the Employee Adjustment Ordinance, which is being considered by the Cabinet, within 10 days.

This ordinance will be a crucial document for adjustment of employees between different levels of governments. The recent Cabinet meeting had decided to send the ordinance to the PSC for its opinion. The government has sent the ordinance to the PSC as per the constitutional provision. According to the PSC, it is analysing the contents of the document in detail. “We are trying our best to revise the bill,” Chairman of PSC Umesh Mainali told to THT.

The ordinance focuses on facilities and promotion of the employees, based on their seniority in the office to motivate them to go to provincial and local governments. According to an official at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, the ordinance states that automatic one post promotion will not be guaranteed to all employees who agree to join the provincial and local governments. The source said that one post automatic promotion will be given to those who are close to getting a promotion. For others, it will be different kinds of incentives.

According to Nepal Civil Servant Union of Central Committee Chair Gopal Prasad Pokharel, the government is trying to integrate only employees of provinces and local governments.

“It will be harmful; we will not accept this kind of provision. There should be integration between all three levels,” he said. He also said that the ordinance did not intend to adjust employees on the basis of seniority as was the provision earlier. He also said that the ordinance had not given any role to the PSC in the adjustment which was a violation of the constitutional provision.

Minister of Federal Affairs and General Administration Lalbabu Pandit has already mentioned that the government will complete the employee integration process by mid-January.

Spokesperson for the MoFAGA Suresh Adhikari said the Cabinet would pass the ordinance immediately after it received PSC’s opinion on the document.

“We need 57,000 public servants in local levels. There are 40,000 now, we need 17,000 more,” he added. “There are 45,000 public servants in the federal government. We just needed around 30,000 more. So, we can take deploy 6,000 to 7,000 public servants from the federal government to lower tiers of the government.” He said the Employee Adjustment Ordinance would address the problem.

Adhikari said around 20,000 to 24,000 public servants were required in the seven provinces to carry out administrative work.