Dolakha, October 11
While many government offices facing manpower crunch are unable to deliver service effectively across the country, there are seven permanent government employees who have not been assigned any work in Dolakha.
After the country adopted the federal system of the government, District Agriculture Development Office Dolakha was scrapped. Since then, seven staffers at the agriculture office were not transferred to other offices and they have now become jobless.
All the jobless employees are office assistants. Since the beginning of the current fiscal, they have not been deployed to other offices nor paid salary.
Resident of Kalinchowk Rural Municipality Krishna Prasad Sedai, who worked at the agriculture office for 21 year, is jobless now. “I had never thought I would be left in a lurch like this. My job is permanent, but I have become unemployed due to negligence on the part of the government.” Sedai complained.
After the agro office was scrapped, the office chief was transferred to the provincial agriculture office while the account chief and technical staff have managed to get transferred to convenient offices. Out of 11 office assistants, four have been deployed to different rural municipalities while seven are staying idle at home.
Another office assistant Kedar Ghimire complained that he was suffering due to lack of job and salary. “Dashain is around the corner. I have to feed the family. It is hard for me to make a living,” Ghimire complained.
Treasury and Comptroller Office Dolakha Chief Bhisma Prasad Neupane said that efforts were under way to release the salary of the seven office assistants. “The province government is thinking of paying their salary,” Neupane stated.
A version of this article appears in print on October 12, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.