Kathmandu, Sept 4 : Minister for Federation Affairs and General Administration, Lal Babu Pandit, has said the government was working untiringly to make civil administration more competent and accountable to the public.
At a meeting of the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee of the Parliament today, Minister Pandit however admitted that the civil service was receiving criticism in terms of proper mobilization and good governance. He at the same time asserted that there was no question on the administration’s strength.
He further revealed that most of the civil employees were reluctant to leave Kathmandu Valley and convenient places due to their centralist mindset. “We’re making efforts to make employees’ transfer and mobilization cent percent fair and transparent. The civil servants must go to the places they are deputed to. The trade unions are not allowed to influence civil servants’ transfer,” he argued in the meeting.
The Minister shared his new way of appointment that the new entrants to the civil service were posted in the places of their home towns and districts. According to him, the numerous posts of nayab subba and kharidar were lying vacant in the country.
The Ministry, as he said, would accomplish the employees’ adjustment by coming mid January.
Similarly, Ministry Secretary Rudra Singh Tamang said the government was forced to manage the provincial and local levels with only 15,000 employees, while the federal government too was facing employee crunch.
The Secretary informed the meeting that among 85,000 government employees, 28,000 were the office assistant and drivers combined.
Interestingly, he shared that Ministry was unaware what and how more than 3,900 employees in the post of civil service were working.
On the occasion, lawmakers Amaresh Kumar Singh and Dilendra Prasad Badu accused the Ministry of troubling employees in the name of transfer.
Committee members Pampha Bhushal and Nawaraj Silwal suggested the government to train the employees from other services and lend their hands in the civil service in view of the sheer crunch of human resources.