Kathmandu, March 28

The Cabinet today approved the local level operation directive, and organisational structure of local bodies and ministries.

As per the decision, the government will deploy more than 57,000 civil servants to local bodies. Minister of State for Communications and Informational Technology Gokul Baskota said the number of civil servants to be deployed at local units was determined on the basis of population.

The meeting of the council of ministers that took place at Prime Minister KP Oli’s residence in Baluwatar also lowered the posts of civil servants at federal ministries to 2,654 from 3,260, according to the minister. The government also decided to lower the number of public holidays by 22 days.

According to a minister, the Cabinet also approved President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s address to the federal parliament tomorrow. President Bhandari’s address will include the government’s priorities.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Federal Affairs Local Development and General Administration said that over 80 percent civil servants will reach to local levels by the first week of April. The ministry said that it had been also working to relocate civil servants serving in the regional and districts offices of the government.

Secretary at the MoFALDGA Dinesh Thapalia said, “We will implement the organisational structures of the civil servants within a week.” He said the government was serious about lack of civil servants in the local levels and provinces, which had affected day-to-day activities. He said that the government was working to fill vacancies of civil servants immediately to give momentum to development projects.

According to secretary Thapalia, over 70 per cent government staffers deployed in the local levels and in provinces had already reached their designated work places. The MoFALDGA has also directed authorities concerned not to accept attendance of staffers from offices other than where they have been deployed.