Province 3 facing shortage of staff

Hetauda, February 6

Scheduled work plan of PA secretariat of Province 3 has been adversely affected for the want of required human resources in Hetauda, Makawanpur.

As government employees deployed by the Ministry of General Administration didn’t report to their duty on time, only five staffers out of 28 staffers have been carrying on everyday work at the secretariat, according to under-secretary Adhiraj Rai. Those five staffers too are on deputation and they will return to their offices after necessary training.

“After their deputation period is over, they have to move to Kathmandu. Posts of staffers from under-secretary to section officers, accountant, and computer operator, among others, are vacant at the PA secretariat,” said Rai.

“As we have to prepare for the election of the speaker on February 10, and shortly after that the election for chief minister and deputy speaker, we are in dire need of staffers and we have already written about the same to Federal Parliamentary Secretariat,” said section officer Binod Poudel. At least five ministries have been set up along with the Office of the Chief Minister in Hetauda. However, no staffers have reported to the ministries yet.

Secretary at the office of the Council of Ministers Ramesh Prasad Shiwakoti said the ministry was deploying as many as 207 staffers including secretaries and under-secretaries. No other staffers, except two secretaries and five under-secretaries, have reported to the office so far. Of the seven ministries meant to be set up in the province, five have already been established while the management of Economic Affairs Ministry and Physical Infrastructure Development Ministry is under way.

The daily business of the ministries has been affected badly due to staff crunch although the government has already deployed 31 staffers at the Office of Chief Minister, 41 at Ministry of Internal Affairs, 18 at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, 24 at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure, 30 at the Ministry of Social Development and 29 each at industry ministry and land management ministry.