EDITORIAL: Comforting news

Many of those selling their kidneys are doing so out of compulsion as they are poor and have no, if any, income

Once Kavre district in particular was known as a kidney bank. Kidneys were sold particularly in India. The kidney smugglers encouraged the gullible villagers to sell their kidneys. However, now that awareness has been provided to the villagers it has succeeded in halting this racket which can be regarded as very inhumane. Education has also helped provide knowledge about this beastly practice. The kidney smuggling had started from Hokse and Jyamdi VDCs of Kavre district 22 years ago. Now it is claimed that the smuggling of kidneys from these VDCs is no longer taking place. Credit for this goes to organizations like the People’s Rights Protection Front which was able to convey the message that selling kidneys was not good for health. It is also alleged that some people sold their kidney after it came to light that there would be no scar after the removal of the kidney by performing plastic surgery to hide the wound.

Two persons are known to have sold their kidneys two years ago from Hokse, but no selling has taken place from the VDC for over two years. The people used to sell their kidney for about Rs. five lakhs. However, with the arrest of more kidney smugglers this cruel practice is now in the decline. Kidney smugglers according to the Human Trafficking and Exchange Act are fined up to Rs. five lakhs and sentenced to ten years of imprisonment. Considering the gravity of the crime of these smugglers they should receive sterner sentences. Since a mother of two children had sold her kidney for Rs. three lakh last year in order to pay the debts of her husband no new cases of kidney smuggling has been reported from the district. Incidentally, figures show the number of women selling their kidneys were three times more than men. The monitoring programme by the authorities as well as the launching of awareness drives appear to have paid off. Now the situation in the various VDCs in Kavre district has changed for the better.

Kidney smuggling should not be taken lightly. Those involved should realize their wrong for people who sell their kidneys suffer from various forms of physical illnesses. Many of those selling their kidneys do so out of compulsion as they are poor and have no, if any, income. This is indeed tragic because this ill practice is going on in many other places. In a bid to halt kidney trafficking the vulnerable population should be provided with a source of income, so that they do not choose to sell their kidney. Therefore, along with the awareness drive it is essential to provide those living lives of depravity with income generating jobs so that they are not led to sell their kidneys. Now it is indeed comforting to know that kidney smuggling is no longer taking place in Kavre, but it is no time to rest on our laurels. We should constantly be on the alert so that no such trafficking takes place. We cannot afford to let our vigil down for it is still possible that people would be selling their kidneys in desperation as they might have no other choice.

Dress code violation

In a bid to bring uniformity in the uniform worn by the civil servants, the government introduced a dress code to them in 2011. There are more than 75,000 civil servants who are provided Rs 7,500 in cash to each of them every year for this code. The government has to allocate over Rs 0.5 billion forpurchasing the dress as specified by the Ministry of General Administration. The aim of the government decision was to bring uniformity to all employees working at various government facilities and to maintain discipline.

However, the civil servants have been found violating the dress code with the passage of time. As many as 70 employees working in the Singh Durbar premises were barred from entering there on Sunday after their dress codes did not match the set specifications. The ministry had reissued circulars to all the employees days ahead warning them of disciplinary action if they were found not abiding by the proper dress code. When a civil servant attends office with a specified dress code a service seeker also finds it easy to identify who the civil servant is. The dress code also sends a positive message to the public when all civil servants abide by the rules and follow the dress code.