Pandit says no to voluntary retirement scheme for now

By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Apr. 16
Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Lal Babu Pandit said on Sunday that the voluntary retirement scheme, introduced by the former government for the civil servants, has been put on hold.
Speaking at the Reporter’s Club, he said as the scheme had been put on hold, the civil servants now should resume their work.
Pandit, however, said the civil servants who chose voluntary retirement have the right to go to the court to challenge the government’s decision.
“The previous decision has been put on hold until the next decision. The civil servants should go to the assigned work station. Make up your mind to return to work, otherwise choose retirement,” he said.
Minister Pandit said the government would publish a notice, giving a 15 days time for the civil servants to return to their work.
He said the employees could apply to choose their post and work station as the government was trying to manage the civil servants in the three tiers of the government--local, provincial and federal.
He informed that 1200 staffers who had applied for voluntary retirement had been given compulsory retirement.
He said 57,000 civil servants were required to run the local governments.
Pandit said the administrative transition has occurred after the end of political transition, and urged the civil servants to help the government end the transition.
He said the civil servants have the right to put forth their demand, however, if the government was unable to provide the demanded facilities, they should accept it.
Former minister and Nepali Congress leader Dr. Narayan Khadka suggested the government implement the ambitious and encouraging plans it has announced.
He said the government should have kept a balance in all sectors, stating a two-thirds majority alone was not enough to carry out good work.
Khadka warned the government not to revoke the decisions taken by the NC-led government.


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