Several VDCs to get gazetted officers

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Local Development (MoLD) has begun appointing gazetted officers in 397 VDCs of the country. The officers will take charge of the VDCs on May 15.

Bishnu Nath Sharma, joint secretary at the MoLD, said, “This is the first time gazetted officers are being appointed in the VDCs, which are emerging as urban centres, adding, the officers promoted under Article 24 (D) of the Public Service Act will be appointed in the VDCs.

The officers can only be appointed in the VDCs after permission from the Ministry of General Administration and the Ministry of Finance. While the MoF has given its nod, the MoGA has forwarded the file to the Administrative Reconstruction Committee for the final approval. “We decided to appoint gazetted officers in the VDCs in a bid to expedite their growth and development,” Sharma added.

According to the MoLD, the VDCs were selected on the basis of revenue collection, resources, population and development infrastructure. “The VDCs, which collect annual revenue of Rs 2.4 million, have a population of at least one million and were recommended to be converted into municipalities and sub-municipalities in 2002 by a special government taskforce, have been chosen,” said Shambhu Bhandari, a non-gazetted officer at the Personnel Administration Division of the MoLD, adding, 28 officers have been appointed in 28 VDCs of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts.

The taskforce headed by Surya Lal Amatya had recommended 41 VDCs to be converted into municipalities and 55 VDCs to be converted into sub-municipalities in 2002. However, the recommendations could not be implemented due to political instability in the country.

No officers have been appointed in VDCs in seven districts, including Dhankuta, Dolakha, Gorkha, Syangja, Baglung, Dailekh and Baitadi. There are 3,915 VDCs across the country. Only the junior and senior-level clerks were appointed in the VDCs.