Local body staffers demand local election at the soonest

Published On: January 31, 2017 12:40 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Various trade union leaders from the Local Body Employee Association, Nepal have urged the government to announce the local elections. During a meeting with Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Hitraj Pandey on Monday, they also demanded that no delay be made in announcing the date for local election.

"It's been over 15 years since the local bodies are without poeple's representatives. Due to the failure to hold the local election, service delivery by the local bodies and local development work have been affected,” reads the memorandum signed by Harikumar Shrestha, the association's chairman.

They have submitted a 15-point memorandum demanding timely local election. 

The memorandum states that the number of local bodies have already been fixed so the government's focus now should be on holding the local election.

They also demanded that about 6,000 staffers who have been working in local bodies for the past 20 years on contract basis should be recruited as permanent staffs.

“For ensuring their (bodies' staffers) social security they should be provided health insurance, uniform allowances, scholarships for their children and so on,” reads the memorandum further. They further demanded that the government should build a hospital for them.

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