KATHMANDU, Jan 26: The government has expedited deputing officials required to carry out administrative as well as logistical arrangements for the meetings of the provincial assemblies in all the seven provinces as well as the operation of the to-be-formed provincial governments.
On Thursday alone, the Ministry of General Administration (MoGA) transferred as many as 441 government employees to man the the Provincial Assembly Secretariat and Office of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers in all seven provinces. With the latest transfer, the number of employees transferred to provinces has reached 567 so far.
Similarly, the ministry is making preparations to send another batch of 1,500 employees that will be required for the operation of the provincial ministries to be formed with the formation of the provincial governments.
“As the governors are all set to convene the provincial meetings, we have deputed as many as a team of 34 employees led by a joint-secretary of the parliamentary service for each of the Provincial Assembly secretariats,” said spokesperson of the ministry Shiva Ram Neupane.
Similarly, following the appointment of the principal secretary for each of the provinces, the ministry has also deputed as many as 29 employees for each Office of the Provincial Council of Ministers. Wednesday's cabinet meeting had transferred five secretaries who were serving as chief regional officers and had appointed two other secretaries -- Yadav Koirala and Shankar Pathak -- from ministries to serve as the principal secretary in each province.
“So, we have altogether transferred 441 employees. It may take one to two days for them to reach their new work station,” Neupane added.
Likewise, the ministry is making preparations to transfer another 1,500 civil servants in the next batch for the operation of each of the seven ministries to be formed in each of the seven provinces following the formation of the provincial governments.
“We are making preparations to transfer a team of 27 to 40 civil servants led by a joint-secretary for each of the provincial ministries. A team of up to 27 employees will be deployed for ministries in smaller provinces while up to 40 employees will be deployed for ministries in bigger provinces. They will be transferred by the end of the next week to carry out necessary administrative tasks,” the spokesperson said.
Earlier, following the appointment of provincial governors, the government had decided to depute 18 civil servants to each governor's office including five junior staff like drivers while allowing the governor to appoint another 12 employees for his/her personal secretariat.