Govt staff yet to report to work stations

Kathmandu, February 10

Provincial governments are going to be formed very soon but majority of civil servants deployed in the provinces are yet to report to work.

The number of civil servants attending provincial offices is significantly low, despite chief secretary’s order to deploy all the required staffers to provincial offices within 24 hours.

Principal Secretary of Province 4 Laxman Aryal said most of the civil servants were reluctant to work at the provincial offices. “Secretaries of all the seven ministries and other staffers have not arrived yet, so I am seeking chief district officer’s help to settle the problem,” he said.

Province 5 needs at least 200 staffers for full operation of the provincial administration. He also said that those civil servants who defy the government’s transfer order should be punished.

All the civil servants are being deployed on deputation because regulations of the Civil Servants Adjustment Act have yet to be finalised.

Only 22 staffers reported today to the provincial office where the Ministry of General Administration has deployed 174 civil servants of various ranks.

According to Chief Secretary Shanker Pathak, civil servants must report to work within this week for the smooth functioning of provincial ministries.  “We are unaware of the real reasons for the civil servants’ delay in reporting to work, but it has really made things difficult for us, ” he said.

According to Spokesperson for the MoGA Shiva Ram Neupane, the ministry is now intensifying its work to ensure that staffers report to their respected offices within the given deadline. “The ministry has deployed 864 staffers in all seven provinces till yesterday,” he added. He also informed that additional 700 staffers will be deployed within next week.

General Secretary of Nepal Civil Servants Organisation Mohan Ghimire said civil servants were not defying the governments transfer order. “Authorities should think of staffers’ convenience while transferring civil servants,” he said.

He also said problems of low ranking employees were neglected while transferring them to provinces.