Dhangadhi, March 8
District Coordination Committee coordinators of Province 7 have drawn the attention of the provincial government seeking their roles and facilities.
All the nine coordinators of nine districts submitted a memo to the Minister of Finance and Planning Jhapat Bohara today. “As the provincial government is preparing to draft the law, we want to be clear about more roles and responsibilities of the district coordination committee coordinators,” said Ganesh Bhatta, chairperson of Federation of District Coordination Committee Province 7.
Responding to delegates, Minister Bohara said he would discuss their concerns at the provincial government meeting and added that the genuine concerns could be addressed.
They have demanded that they should be given the responsibility of settling local disputes, monitoring planning and activities of the provincial government and local bodies, besides awarding them with 5 per cent revenue collected from mountaineering, forest, mines and 10 per cent of real estate and vehicle registration among others.
They have also sought work division and work performance regulation and necessary law for infrastructure development of district assembly. They also said that there should be one subject expert in different departments of the district assembly to facilitate in drafting plans and policies and implementing them in municipalities and rural municipalities. Besides they have demanded that the salary of the coordinator should be Rs 45,000 while deputy coordinator and member should be provided with Rs 40,000 and Rs 30,000 per month.
“We have also demanded Rs 2,500 daily travel allowance for coordinators and Rs 2,000 for deputy coordinator and each member,” said Kailali District Coordination Committee Coordinator Surya Bahadur Thapa.
A version of this article appears in print on March 09, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.