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Pandit seeks Prez’s support for amendment to Civil Service Act
Sep 11, 2014-
Minister for General Administration Lal Babu Pandit on Thursday met with President Ram Baran Yadav to seek his moral support in his bid to discourage public servants from applying for foreign residency.
As a ceremonial President, Yadav does not have the right or the say in the Civil Service Bill tabled in Parliament, but he can use his political clout or high office urging any opponents to maintain soft stance over the issue. It has been more than two months since the Bill was tabled, but there has been no sign of it getting endorsed. Instead, a government official said, more and more supporters of diversity visa and foreign residency supporters have muster their positions against the Bill.
The fourth amendment in the Civil Service Act tabled in Parliament to bar government bureaucrats from applying for or obtaining foreign residency is under discussion in the House.
I told the President that after approval from the Cabinet, the fourth amendment in the Act is under consideration in the House which is subject to be approved. “It was my honest attempt to clean up the bureaucracy, to make it international standard by making it more accountable. To that end, I have requested the President to extend his moral support in my initiative from his highest office,” Minister Pandit said.
President Yadav hailed the initiative taken by Pandit and advised him not to bow down to kind of pressure while taking position over the matter. “I also called back my son who had obtained such kind of facilities from foreign countries. You need to look the face of the nation not the individuals,” Pandit quoted President Yadav.
A Cabinet meeting on June 5 had approved the fourth amendment to the Civil Service Act that restricts all civil servants from holding or applying for any kind of permanent residence permit or citizenship in foreign countries.
The new Civil Service Act also stays mum over whether the family members of civil servants can hold any kind of foreign residence permits.
“These two issues, which were initially incorporated in the draft proposal of the Civil Service Act, courted much controversy during Cabinet meetings. It is now Parliament’s job to take up these issues and make a final decision,” said Pandit.
According to him, after President Yadav certifies the Act, all civil servants who are currently serving should declare whether they hold any residence permit in foreign country.
After declaring their status, civil servants holding foreign residence permit will be given a one-month deadline to provide documents and affidavits that they have forgone such privilege. If such government employees are found guilty of non-compliance, he or she will be terminated from their jobs.
As per the amendment, those sacked from civil service in this manner will be entitled to money deposited in their provident fund and insurance coverage only.
Published: 12-09-2014 09:11