Ministries, staff survey takes off from the centre

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Mar 22, 2018-

With all three tiers of governments now in place, the central government has taken a step towards determining the organisational structure and the number of employees required in the ministries at the central level. 

The Organisation and Management (O&M) Survey Committee, formed by the Cabinet on March 12, has started collecting data of the current organisational set-up and the number of staffers employed at 21 ministries, according to officials at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA).

The committee, headed by Secretary at MoFAGA Shankar Prasad Koirala, has a mandate to study and recommend on the organisational structures and number of employees at the central, provincial and local levels.

“We have decided to start O&M survey from the central level ministries,” said Nita Pokharel Aryal, joint secretary at MoFAGA. “We have received details about organisations set-up and the number of employees in 19 out of the 21 ministries.”

Aryal, who is also the committee’s member secretary, said the panel would work towards determining the organisational structure and staff numbers under the provincial and local governments once they are assigned with the tasks at the lower level governments as per the constitutional provisions.

While the government has delegated much power to the local governments through the budget introduced for the current fiscal year, such transfer of power is yet to take effect in the recently-instituted provincial governments.

“Once it becomes clear how many offices will remain under the provincial governments, we can conduct an O&M survey to determine the organisational structure and the required number of staff,” said Aryal. Currently, the central government has temporarily arranged government staffers under the provincial and the local governments.

Once the O&M survey at all levels of governments is completed, the strength of government staff will be adjusted accordingly. Around 75 percent of the total 86,529 civil servants are expected to be deployed to the provincial and local levels.

As per the Employees Adjustment Regulation 2018, the committee is authorised to recommend organisational set-ups at the central level ministries and the secretariats, commissions, departments, offices and units under the central government.

The committee will also recommend the number of offices, employees, nature of services for all three tiers of governments.

Published: 22-03-2018 07:44

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