KATHMANDU, Feb 7: At a time when reports coming in from the provinces say that the government employees deputed by the central government to the offices in the provinces are yet to reach their new offices, the Ministry of General Administration (MoGA) has no records of how many employees have reached their work stations.
MoGA, the central personnel agency of the government, had started deputing employees 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 from mid-January.
The ministry says that it has deputed around 800 officials so far. However, it has no records as to how many of them have assumed their new offices in the provinces.
“Many deputed employees may be yet to reach their offices. But we really don't know how many of them have assumed office or how many of them are yet to do so. Our job is to depute them. We assume that they are on the way to their offices,” said spokesperson for the ministry, Shiva Ram Neupane.
While top officials including the section officer, under-secretary and joint-secretary have been deputed from the central level, non-gazetted officials have been deployed from various district-level offices. However, many of the employees are yet to assume their new offices, affecting preparations for logistical arrangements required for the operation of the new government bodies soon-to-be formed under the provinces with the formation of the new government. The new provincial governments in all the provinces are likely to be formed within this month.
“It is true that if the deputed officials had reached their new offices on time, the process of forming all the bodies envisioned by the constitution at the provincial-level would have been faster. We have learnt that due to delay on the part of the ministries and other government bodies to complete administrative formalities required for the deputation of the officials, many of them have not been able to reach their new offices,” he said.
He added that the ministry has already asked all the line ministries to send the deputed officials to the provinces without further delay. “After we also saw reports that many employees are yet to reach their new offices, we started following the matter up with the ministries regarding the deputation of the employees. We hope they will reach their new offices within a few days,” Neupane said.
The ministry is all set to send another batch of 800 employees to the provinces by the next few days. The ministry is sending a team of 27 to 40 civil servants led by a joint-secretary for each provincial ministry.