Govt employees should be rewarded for completing project ahead of time
Kathmandu, November 21
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal today held a meeting with the government secretaries and issued 26-point directives to achieve desired results in governance.
The PM told the secretaries that some projects were witnessing unnecessary delays due to cumbersome procurement process that should be redressed in order to complete those projects on time.
According to a press release issued by the PM’s Secretariat, the PM said during his visit to several projects he found that chiefs of offices in the districts were absent or on extended leave or staying in Kathmandu on various pretexts and such a situation should end.
Project workers and government employees, the PM added, should be rewarded for completing the project ahead of the scheduled time. The PM also instructed the secretaries to do the needful to revive Biratnagar Jute Mills, Hetauda Textile Industries and Nepal Pharmaceuticals Limited.
“It is a matter of great concern that my office has to get involved in the management of Kathmandu valley’s roads, sewage system, drinking water, electricity, telephone and other such infrastructure,” the PM told the meeting.
Stating that development expenditure was very low, the PM urged secretaries to ensure that at least the goal of 80 per cent of capital expenditure was achieved. “I hope that you will do whatever needs to be done to accelerate development works,” the release quoted the PM as telling secretaries.
The PM told the bureaucrats to ensure that digital attendances were maintained in the government offices so as to prevent employees from vanishing from the office during duty hours. The PM also told the secretaries to give clear work plan and seek their performance accordingly.
The PM told secretaries that he was concerned about the quake victims who were facing winter in temporary shelters this year again. “I want to see how you are going to solve this problem soon,” he added.
The PM told secretaries that oil prices were continuously falling in gulf countries and they should form a team to adopt proper strategies in the event large number of Nepali migrants return home due to loss of jobs in the gulf region.
The PM also said that he wanted to know how much progress the government bodies had made regarding 28-point directives that he had issued on August 7.
A version of this article appears in print on November 22, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.