Lawmakers against giving double facilities to retired civil servants

Kathmandu, July 17: Lawmakers have suggested for making legal provisions preventing employees retired from civil service from taking dual financial benefits from the state coffer.

The lawmakers gave this suggestion during the deliberations on a bill designed to provide for the formation, operation and the terms of service of the federal civil service, in the meeting of the House of Representatives, State Affairs and Good Governance Committee, today.

They also suggested including in the law itself the provision barring dual facilities to the retired civil servants who get political appointments to various public posts.

Parliamentarians' this suggestion comes in the context of public complaints that several retired civil servants who have been appointed to the constitutional positions were drawing their pension also besides their salary and facilities.

"The tendency to accept dual facilities in the name of subsistence is wrong and this should be legally dealt with," committee member Raj Kishor Yadav said.

Another member Janardan Sharma also stressed on addressing this problem by law and doing away with this practice.

Similarly, Anjana Bishankhe and Prem Suwal said the people taking such dual facilities should show a big heart and give up these types of unethical practice.

Pampha Bhusal and Dilendra Badu suggested raising the age limit for retirement to 60 from the current 58 to lessen the amount of expenses on the state treasury in the name of training and orientation to the new entrants to the civil service and the pension.

Committee member Ram Kumari Jhankri suggested enacting laws barring the retired civil servants convicted of domestic violence, sexual harassment and practice of untouchability (caste discrimination) from their pension.

Likewise, she called for not increasing the pension of the retired public service employees whenever the salary of the civil servants is increased.

Meanwhile, Nepal National Association of Retired Civil Servants has urged the committee not to make legislation so as to cut back the amount equivalent to one month's salary given to the retired civil servants in the form of Dshain festival expenses, citing that they have been enjoying this facility since the past. This is stated in a press release issued by the Association today.

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