KATHMANDU, June 14: The main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) on Thursday urged the government to withdraw the vacancies announced by the Public Service Commission and announce fresh vacancies as per the constitutional provision on proportionate reservations.
Speaking at a press conference organized at party headquarters Sanepa on Thursday to announce the conclusion of the first phase of the party's National Awareness drive, NC spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma argued that the announcement of 9,161 civil service vacancies for 515 local units by the Public Service Commission does not honor the constitutional provisions on reservations.
"We hope the Public Service Commission comes up with new vacancies in line with the Constitution to meet the staffing crunch at the local levels. The PSC should immediately start a new process to recruit civil servants," he said, while making the party's official stance public on the ongoing controversy surrounding the vacancies announced by the PSC.
Although he demanded scrapping of the PSC vacancies for competitive selection , Sharma clarified that the NC is against recruiting government staff for local levels on contract basis . Sharma's remarks come amid apprehensions that the local units could recruit kith and kin to fill in the vacancies if the PSC is forced to scrap the vacancies announcement.
Spokesperson Sharma also claimed that the party's ongoing public awareness campaign had succeeded in attracting fresh party workers . "As many as 31,642 leaders and cadres from the communist and other parties have switched to our party since we launched the public awareness campaign a month ago," he said adding that the party has been able to win the people's trust.
He further said that there was huge public disenchantment with the government. He also announced that NC would soon launch the second phase of its public awareness campaign across the country.