Govt to appoint 861 VDC secretaries

LALITPUR: The Ministry of Local Development is all set to appoint 861 officials as Village Development Committees (VDC) secretaries. Around some 1,419 VDCs across the country have been running without secretaries for more than a year now.

The absence of secretaries in the VDC have affected people from getting citizenship, birth, marriage and death registration certificates and recommendation for various purposes.

Govind Rijal, section officer, Personnel Administration Section, Ministry of Local Development, said,

“Some 200 appointment and relocation letters is being prepared for different districts. We will continue to issue more appointment letters as this is the time for transfer of staffers annually.”

Rijal said that the Public Service Commission (PSC) had announced vacancies for 483 VDC secretaries. “The interviews of those candidates except for Kathmandu are being taken,” he said.

“There are 378 other staffers, who were promoted automatically for being in government service for ten years, under Civil Service Act, Clause 24 (D, 1),” he added. Those will be assigned for various VDCs too. Postings of those officials will be completed within the next two months, said Rijal.

“Another vacancy announcement for some 500 posts is in the offing,” he added.

The Ministry of General Administration also transfers officials from other ministries. We are yet to receive information about the transfer, he added.

However, the government staffers are unwilling to go to the VDCs in the Tarai due to the threat and extortion from different armed outfits. Consider this: A VDC secretary in Banke district, Indra Kumar Shrestha, was killed by an armed a group a month ago.

There are 40 VDCs in each of the nine districts-Parsa, Bara, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Dhanusha, Siraha, Saptari and Kapilvastu in the Tarai. All of the VDCs are without VDC secretaries.

“A big number of VDC secretaries are under threats and some have been kidnapped for donation,” said Rijal. “However, nobody likes to reveal the fact due to risk,” he added.

Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya, spokesperson, Ministry of Local Development, said security of people’s servant is a serious matter.

“Many don’t go to assigned VDCs due to insecurity while others don’t like to go to remote districts,” he said.

“The security bodies, political parties and the local communities should cooperate to enhance the security situation in the VDCs,” he opined. Ironically, VDCs in the Himalayan districts are also lying vacant.

Seventeen VDCs in Sindhupalchowk district are still without secretaries. Only all the VDCs in 14 districts including Kailali, Kanchanpur, Surkhet, Rupandehi, Jhapa, Chitwan and Kathmandu have secretaries, according to the ministry officials.

There are 3,915 VDCs and 58 municipalities in 75 districts across the country.