56 secys, 662 joint-secys and 848 under-secys adjusted in three-tire govt

Published On: February 9, 2019 02:45 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) has completed the adjustment of 56 secretaries, 662 joint secretaries and 848 under secretaries in the three tiers of government so far, officials said on Friday.

Spokesperson for MoFAGA, Suresh Adhikari, said that the adjustment of 56 secretaries (special class gazetted officers), 662 joint secretaries (first class gazetted officers) and 848 under secretaries (second class gazetted officers) to the three tiers of the government was concluded.

"[Transfer] letters have been issued to 56 secretaries adjusting them to the federal civil service. The mobilization of 662 joint-secretaries was also endorsed by the cabinet," he said.

The ministry has accelerated the process of issuing letters of adjustment to the under-secretaries from other services such as health, agriculture, engineering and education in the next few days, according to the spokesperson.

The ministry officials said that they are working to intensify the adjustment of the lower-level civil servants in the coming days.

On January 2, parliament endorsed the civil servants adjustment ordinance amid opposition by the Nepali Congress (NC) and Nepal Workers and Peasants Party (NWPP), paving the way for the adjustment of thousands of government employees to the three tiers of government in the new federal set-up.

The ordinance was endorsed amid protests from a section of civil servants arguing that some of the provisions in the ordinance will serious hinder their career prospects in the long run.

Earlier on December 10, last year, President Bidya Devi Bhandari endorsed the Civil Servants Adjustment Ordinance 2018, clearing the way for the federal government to depute civil servants to the provincial and local governments.

Due to the lack of civil servants in required numbers at the provincial and local governments, service delivery and development work have been largely affected. Also, the government was widely criticized for its failure to send civil servants in adequate numbers to the local and provincial governments after the new federal structure was adopted in the country.

Of the total 123,000 civil servants envisaged by the ordinance in the country, 45,000 would be kept under the central government, while 21,000 will work for provinces and 57,000 for the local governments.

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