Road engineers complain of discrimination

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, January 11:

Some eight engineers who have been working at the Road Department for the last 20 to 26 years today claimed that they were discriminated against by the government authorities, including the Ministry of General Administration and the Promotion Committee, by barring them from applying for the promotion to the posts of second class gazetted engineer. The engineers claimed the authorities eliminated them out of the competition by refusing to treat their duty on par with the postgraduate degree awarded by the Tribhuvan University, Pokhara University and others universities.

“The secretary at the Ministry of General Administration did not gave equivalence to our certificates on time, which barred us from applying for the promotion,” one of the eight engineers said. “The hidden intention of the promotion committee is to promote junior engineers having only about 15 years of experience to the 14 vacant posts,” he claimed. He added the promotion committee has already taken written examination for the promotion. PSC member Dr Bhatta was not available for comments despite several attempts.