Kathmandu,23 March 2015: The government has been warned of the risk the country faces of reaching the state of failure if indiscipline and anarchy flourishing under Trade Unions – civil servants’ organization – is not given an overhaul for efficient management.
Members speaking at the Parliamentary State Affairs Committee on Monday labeled the role of Trade Union inside civil service as ‘cancerous’.
On the occasion, Minister for General Administration Lalbabu Pandit said it was difficult to set objective standards while carrying out transfer and appointment of the employees. He also underlined the employees were trending more towards vested interests while remaining immune to providing service to the people.
The Minister further admitted that the Unions were more centered on transfer of employees than insurance of professional rights. Minister Pandit also revealed the government was forced to withstand maximum pressure while transferring the employees. “The District Education Officers and Local Development Officers are transferred in short time and there is mounting pressure over inter-ministry transfer and the difficulty is aggravated when employees usually leave their duty stations in August and September to lobby for transfer,” he said.
Minister Pandit said the increasing political influence in civil service was also the reason the Trade Union’s chief occupation was getting distorted into focusing on transfer and promotion. He called for an authorized election to make the union accountable to the State and the people.
The speakers also said the civil service was becoming more lobby-oriented while adding the Trade Union in government bodies can never play the role of unions created to deal with private entrepreneurs.
“The political parties’ attempt to turn Trade Union as their sister wings has increased decadence and degeneration instigating instability in the civil administration, which is a form of permanent government. The example of this is manifested in appointment of Constitutional Commission officials, University Vice Chancellors and ministries’ secretary under basis of power-sharing,” they said.
The failure to create vacancies and human resource in line with such vacant positions, appointment and transfer of employees’ on basis of political lobbying and lack of reward and punishment has further propagated the irresponsibility of the Trade Union, the members said.Â Â Â Â Â “If political leadership is to tread the right course it will compel the employees to walk on the same path,” the members stressed.
The Trade Union which was created with an objective to secure professional rights has instead become a cause of apprehension among the employees.
In the meeting held under the chairmanship of Committee Chairperson Dil Bahadur Gharti, members Chitra Bahadur KC, Brijesh Kumar Gupta, Yagya Sunuwar, Hridayaram Thani, Rameshwor Phunyal among others said the role of Trade Union was pushing the country towards a state of failure.