KATHMANDU, Sept 20: Local government employees are gearing up for a protest, exerting pressure to expedite the Federal Civil Service Bill in order to address their grievances.
The movement's coordinator, Deepak Gautam, outlined several key demands. They include the requirement that the chief administrative officer be selected from the local service level, the removal of age limits for entry into provincial and federal civil services from the local service sector, and the implementation of a fair service period calculation system. Additionally, the employees are advocating against maintaining a transfer system that would increase the distance between employees and elected representatives.
The proposed movement is scheduled to involve submitting a formal demand letter to the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers through the chief district officers, in collaboration with the district-level struggle committees, on September 24. During this action, participants plan to wear black armbands and display a large banner in their offices as a symbolic ‘pen down’ protest for half a day, pending the resolution of their demands.
Furthermore, there are plans to gain attention by submitting demand letters to the leaders and chief whips of nationally recognized political parties and to coordinate with national-level trade unions to organize a robust movement.
Starting from September 29, a formidable movement will commence in Kathmandu, accompanied by protests in front of Singha Durbar, symbolizing a ‘pen down’ stance in every municipality and ward office. Coordinator Gautam stated that further decisions will be taken in accordance with the proposed program as the movement progresses.