Bill enabled to bar civil servants from foreign residency

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Feb 25, 2015-

The State Affairs Committee of Parliament on Wednesday endorsed a Bill on fourth amendment in the Civil Service Act which, upon enactment as a law, will

enable the authorities to sack those civil servants who have acquired Diversity Visa (DV) or Permanent Residency (PR) facilities in foreign countries.

Once the Cabinet approves the amendment and enforced as a law, the government officers holding foreign residency permit will be required to renounce the facility within one month. This provision will apply to all government employees who draw salaries and perks from the state coffer, including security personnel, teachers and professors.

“Once we bring out the amended Act, the Ministry of Law and Justice will write to the concerned agencies to change their provisions accordingly,” General Administration Minister Lalbabu Pandit said.

The Bill prepared by the Ministry of General Administration, which was under consideration at the House committee, is due to be presented before the full meeting of Parliament. It will be enacted as a law with the approval of the House and the Cabinet. It was drafted with the objectives of taking action against the public servants acquiring residency in foreign countries, to discourage them from taking up other jobs, and to establish special positions in civil service

sector.

Once the law comes into effect, the government officials and their family members who have acquired or applied for PR facility will have to inform the government and begin the process of voluntary relinquishment within one month. They should also provide the affidavit from the host countries within 60 days to prove that they have forgone the facility. They will be liable to action if they fail to furnish the affidavit on time.

 “If any civil servant fails to renounce his or her residency permit even after two months, they could be sacked from their job. Such civil servants will only get to withdraw the amount collected in their provident fund and the insurance returns. They won’t get the pension facility,” minister Pandit said.

The Bill further proposes that those public servants whose spouses have foreign residency permit should also disclose the information. The spouse in question, however, will not be subject to the law and are not required to give up the residency permit.  

In case of retired employees holding foreign residency or citizenship of another country, the Bill proposes stopping their pension.

Another key proposition in the Bill recommends barring government officials from working as consultants for private firms, NGOs and INGOs. They will, however, be allowed to present working papers in seminars.

The Bill also envisages dividing civil service sector into six groups—Nepal Engineering Service, Nepal Agriculture and Forestry Service, Nepal Justice Service, Nepal Foreign Service, Nepal Administrative Service and Nepal Auditor Service.

 

Published: 26-02-2015 06:11

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