Ex-teachers elected in various posts in rural municipalities

Published On: July 9, 2017 08:25 AM NPT By: Republica

KHOTANG, July 8: Bishwonath Niraula of Khotang, Makpa was a secondary-level teacher until he resigned from the post on April 17. His role has now changed after he was elected as the chairperson of Ainselukharka Rural Municipality on June 30. Niraula, who was picked by Nepali Congress (NC) for the post defeated his opponent by 403 votes. After assuming his office, Niraula is busy solving the problems of the locals from 10 am till 5 pm. “It is a completely new experience for me but I am quite enjoying it,” he said.

According to Niraula, he is trying his best to fit into this role so that he can win the hearts of the locals.

“I am glad that people gave me an opportunity to serve them,” he said. Niraula had 34 years of teaching experience but he still resigned from his post due to his desire of changing the development scenario of his local unit.

As informed by the newly-elected chairperson, his priorities are road construction, electricity and drinking water. Besides that, he wants to start a trend where social security allowance is distributed at home. He has also urged the health posts to regularly conduct health campaigns in the rural municipality. He has even assured to manage incentives for the farmers and offer employment for youths.

Similarly, Pushpa Kamal Bhujel, a former teacher has been elected as vice chairperson of Ainselukharka Rural Municipality. He emerged victorious over his closest rival with a narrow margin of just 39 votes. Likewise, Ek Narayan Shrestha of Lamidanda Rural Municipality-6 Hauchur also won the post of ward chairman of his ward.

Reportedly, around 21 teachers had submitted their resignation in order to file their nominations for the local elections in various posts. But only few teachers got elected while many of them were not even provided tickets by the party.

Rajan Dhakal, former Principal of Simpani Higher Secondary School,  resiged from his reputed job in order to file his candidacy for the post of Khotehang Rural Municipality"s chief.  But unfortunately, he was defeated. Similarly, Khem Bahadur Khadka, former professor of Diktel Multiple College also failed to woo maximum number of voters to get elected as the chief of Jantedhunga Rural Municipality.

There are many teachers who are regretting their decision to quit their government job but few have benefitted from their gamble.

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