Kathmandu, March 31, 2017: Local level elections slated for May 14 have brought a sense of enthusiasm among people, as elected representatives at the local units are expected to fill the democratic deficit on the ground, spurring development works.
But the slated polls have also come as a job opportunity for many. With the government planning to recruit around 70,000 temporary police, or Myadi Prahari, youths across the country were queuing up to get themselves registered.
Yagya Narayan Shrestha was one who got himself registered for the job at Teku on Thursday—on the last day of registration.
The 53-year-old said he stood in line for eight hours to get himself registered.
Shrestha, who hails from Sindhupalchok, has been living in Ason for the last two years with his two teenage children. His wife died when his house collapsed in the 2015 earthquake. “I worked as a security guard for about a year earlier,” he said. Now he earns a living by working as a porter.
The temporary police are expected to work for 55 days after the selection process, most likely by Sunday.
“I have heard they are going to pay Rs 50,000 to each Myadi Prahari,” he said. “If I am selected, I am thinking about investing the money to run a small footpath shop somewhere near Ratnapark.”
Sub-inspector Ram Chandra Bhandari of the Metropolitan Police Range, Teku, who was manning the registration desk, said 3,380 individuals had registered themselves on Thursday and that 1,500 would be recruited for Kathmandu.
The government plans to mobilise temporary police at 750 election centres in Kathmandu district alone.
Each temporary cop will receive around Rs 55,000, said Bhandari.
When asked how Shrestha came to know about the hiring, he said he saw people standing in line while he was carrying a load from Ason to Teku. “When enquired, I was told they were applying for temporary police,” said Shrestha who can read and write. “When I asked about eligibility, I was told I could apply.”
Individuals between the age of 18 and 54 years are eligible to apply to work as temporary police.
Like Shrestha, Radhika Adhikari, 29, was also spotted on Thursday standing in a different line.
“If I get the job, I can use the money to pay rent and send some to my parents back in village,” said Adhikari, a quake survivor from Dhading, as she held her two-year-old son in her arms.
SI Bhandari said over 60 percent of those aspiring for the job are from quake-affected districts including Sindhupalchok, Ramechhap, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Dhading, Kavrepalanchok and Gorkha.
“But this has not been made the criteria for hiring,” he explained. “Selections will be made on candidates’ basic medical, written and physical tests. Students, former police and army personnel, daily wage workers and some housewives are among those who have applied for the job.
“I was working as a private tutor for school students. Since exams are over now, I thought of applying for this job,” said Purna Sijapati, 23, a first semester student of MA in English.
Local elections, which are taking place in two decades, are set to provide jobs to many such youths.
According to an International Labour Organisation report “Labour Market Transitions of Young Women and Men in Nepal-2014”, 38.5 percent of youths in Nepal are employed and 9.2 percent are unemployed while 52.3 percent are inactive.
By Anup Ojha