War-hit civil servants discriminated against: Home secy

Kathmandu, November 27:

Senior government officials today told the Parliamentary State Affairs Committee that the compensation being provided to the civil servants who have been victims of the Maoist insurgency is discriminatory as compared to that provided to the security forces.

“While the family of security personnel killed in the war was compensated with Rs 7,50,000, the family of civil servant killed in the war was compensated with only Rs 150,000,” said Home Secretary, Umesh Mainali.

He said that the family of security personnel also get seven years’ salary and then pension, which does not apply to the civil servants’ family. However, the families of some of the civil servants who were killed by the Maoists were provided Rs, 8,00,000 as per the decision of the Cabinet.

Home Ministry records reveal that 62 civil servants have been killed so far and 12 others wounded during the insurgency. Mainali said, those who received Rs 700,000 were Chief District Officers, jailor and Assistant CDO. The MPs suggested for making law to ensure that people are not discriminated against in such cases.