General Administration Ministry planning to bring three bills after employees’ adjustment

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KATHMANDU — The Ministry of General Administration is to bring three different bills, following the adjustment of employees at the local-level.

The Ministry is preparing to come with the Federal Civil Service Act, State Civil Service Act and Local Service Act, without hampering the career development opportunities for those employees to be part of the adjustment process.

The Employees Adjustment Bill that is currently on the Legislature-Parliament’s State Affairs Committee would automatically turn ineffective once the adjustment process gets over and the government has a plan to bring these bills in such situation.

In his replies to questions raised over the bill during its theoretical discussions in the Committee meeting today, Minister for General Administration, Tek Bahadur Basnet, said to endorse the bill was the prime need of the hour and urged lawmakers for help pass it as soon as possible.

The Nepali Congress, CPN (UML), CPN (Maoist Center) and some Tarai/Madhes-centric parties have registered the amendment proposals regarding the bill, expressing concerns over the provision for removing employee failing to reach the new assigned station within 35 days of the adjustment from the post. Such provision has riled official trade unions as well.

Minister Basnet said the provision was included just to make employees alert and prod up them to reach new workplace on time.

The bill has proposed the halting of new recruitment by the Public Service Commission for a year since the implementation of adjustment process. It would not cause further impact on the PSC regular calendar, however, as the Minister stated.

The Minister said that during the adjustment of employees, if both wife and husband are in the government services, the couple if possible would be deployed in the same duty station while the Ministry is mulling introducing packages for those employees adjusted in different stations to boost their morale and encourage them.

Minister Basnet shared that the Ministry was positive about forming a Committee comprising the representatives from the official trade unions to monitor the process of adjustment.

The bill also covers health services; and the services and facilities being provided to the parliamentarians would be also amendment, according to the Minister.

He clarified that temporary employees and those working on the contract basis will not be included in the adjustment process.

Taking part in the discussions were parliamentarians Dr Ganga Lal Tuladhar, Ramhari Khatiwada, Mohan Baniya and Rekha Sharma. RSS