Employees working under Prime Minister Self-employment Programme padlocked office of Ward No 1 of Naraha Rural Municipality, Siraha, demanding salary today.

Forty-three employees padlocked the ward office saying that they were not paid the salary for the past three months. Employee Sunil Das said that they were forced to padlock the ward office as they were not paid for their three months' work.

"We visited the ward office repeatedly but our pleas went unheard," Das stated, adding that they should have got the salary before the expiry of the last fiscal.

Another employee Gita Devi Das complained that they had not been paid for three months' work. "The employees are to receive Rs one million in total while each staffer is entitled to get Rs 25,000," Das added.

Ward Chair Ashok Sah said negligence on the part of a few staffers had deprived employees of their salary. "They should have received the salary by now, but due to an accountant and other staff at the ward office there was delay," Sah said, pledging to take an initiative to release the salary.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 21 2021, of The Himalayan Times.