KATHMANDU, Dec 27: Amid protests by a section of civil servants and trade unions, the government has formally initiated civil servants adjustment in federal, provincial and local governments from Wednesday.
The long-delayed move by the government comes over a year after the local and provincial governments were formed as per the new constitution.
In line with the provisions made in the Civil Servants Adjustment Ordinance endorsed recently by the cabinet, the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) on Wednesday invited applications from all civil servants to submit applications online within 21 days mentioning the adjustments of their choice. Then the MoFAGA will take necessary decision based on a set criteria.
According to four different urgent notices issued by the MoFAGA on Wednesday, all government employees working under different service categories need to submit online applications for civil servant adjustments via www.samayojan.gov.np within the given deadline.
Government employees working in federal, provincial and local levels without approved vacancies, those getting permanent appointment under the erstwhile District Development Committee and those working in various committees, commissions, academies or similar organizations handed over to the provincial and local government also need to submit application for adjustment.
Organizing a press conference on Wednesday, Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration Lal Babu Pandit said civil servant ordinance had provided incentives to those wishing to go work at the provincial and local levels and also ensured provision to return to the federal government through internal promotions and through open competition.
“The ordinance does not hinder career prospect of any government employees. No one has been discriminated against and everyone should submit application for the adjustment,” said Minister Pandit.
As per the Office and Management (O&M) Survey endorsed by the cabinet, there will now be a total 47,920 civil servants in the federal government, 22,755 in provinces and 67,503 employees in local governments.
The MoFAGA in a statement said that it had formed a Civil Servants Adjustment Settlement Committee, which also has representation of trade union representatives to address grievances put forth by the trade unions. The committee has already submitted a report to the ministry after holding consultations with various stakeholders.
Provincial and local governments have failed to work properly due to staff shortage as the employee adjustment process took a long time.
Although experts and former bureaucrats maintain that around 22,000 civil servants would be more than enough for the federal government, the new O&M approved by the government has recommended having over 47,000 employees under the federal government even as much of the federal government’s responsibilities have been delegated to provincial and local governments.