Reservation cutoff in employee bill draws flak

Kathmandu, Feb 21: Lawmakers representing Dalit community have expressed displeasure over the government preparation to come up with the Employee Bill by slashing the existing arrangement of reservation.

The lawmakers said so at an interaction 'Issues of Dalits on Employee Bill' organised by Samata Foundation in the capital on Wednesday.

The employee bill tabled by the government in the parliament is against Article 40 of the Nepal Constitution, the lawmakers noted.

The Civil Service Act-2064 BS has specified an arrangement of reservation in the civil service. Supposing 45 percent reservation as 100, it has ensured 33 percent reservation to women, 27 percent to indigenous nationalities, 22 percent to Madhesi, nine percent to Dalits and five percent to people living with Disability.

However, the bill registered in the parliament has reduced the reservation to 24 percent for indigenous nationalities, 20 percent for Madhesi and three percent for people living with disabilities. The bill has added Tharu and Muslim to the list of reservation.

The lawmakers have demanded amendment to the proposed new arrangement in the bill that the reservation can be utilised only one time.

Among the lawmakers expressing reservation on the bill were Laxmi Pariyar, Anjana Bisankhe and Bimala Biswokarma. (RSS)

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