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Govt offices begin double shift
Dec 16, 2014-
Various government offices started working on two shifts on Tuesday—from 6 am to 6 pm—to provide necessary services to the general public.
The Ministry of General Administration, the focal agency to look over the implementation of the decision in various line agencies and departments, initiated the campaign at 6 am on Tuesday by issuing citizenship to Chaitanya Maharjan and passport to Maya Manandhar, both residents of Kathmandu Metropolitan City.
The Cabinet meeting on November 20 had decided to launch the 12-hour service at the government offices that see increasing number of service seekers in all five development regions. Under the new scheme, the government offices that cater directly to the public will start their daily services from 6 am until noon and then from noon until 6 pm respectively.
Those include offices for passport, citizenship, survey office, land revenue office, licence office, foreign employment offices, electricity, water and telecom offices, among others.
Meantime, National Vigilance Center (NVC), an anti-graft body under the Prime Ministers’ Office (PMO), has formed “flying squads” to monitor the implementation of the decision. The squads would regularly collect information about daily activities, conduct surprise checks at offices that are likely to see corruption, said Indra Prasad Poudel, assistant spokesperson for NVC on Tuesday.
‘Dilly-dallying civil servants to face action’
Minister for General Administration Lal Babu Pandit has warned of stern action against any government employees who dilly-dally while providing services to the general public under the newly introduced two six-hour work shifts. Pandit said the 12-hour service was introduced so that the government could be more accountable to the public.
“The new service programme is expected to ease problems faced by service seekers. We expect the concerned government employees to work effectively in this regard,” he said, adding that the programme intends at minimising corruption.
Pandit also warned of action against Bharat Subedi who arranged his transfer from the Department of Inland Revenue to the Labour Ministry. He had been working as a deputy Director General at the department.
Pandit also informed that he had tabled a bill at Legislature-Parliament to take action against the civil servants possessing DV, PR and Green Card.
Published: 17-12-2014 09:16