GYAN P NEUPANE
KATHMANDU, Feb 7: The demand of Village Development Committee (VDC) secretaries to provide them an additional incentive of up to 50 percent of their monthly salary is likely to come into effect soon.
After the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) registered their demand at the Council of Ministers, the agitating VDC secretaries agreed to resume their works from Tuesday.
The protest of the VDC secretaries had halted services for the public since the last four days.
“We have submitted the file recommending additional 50 percent of monthly salary as incentive to the VDC secretaries at the secretariat of the Council of Ministers,” Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, secretary at the MoFALD, told Republica.
The ministry and the VDC Secretaries Welfare Center Nepal signed an 8-point agreement at the ministry on Monday. The agreement states that the ministry will push forward the agenda of the agitating VDC secretaries in the cabinet meeting for approval.
The protest has affected the reconstruction efforts in 14 most-affected districts as well as other daily works at all VDC offices across the country.
“The ministry could not provide the incentive due to delay on part of the Ministry of Finance to release necessary budget. But now, it is confirmed that their demand would come into effect very soon,” Adhikari added.
They are demanding effective implementation of the government’s previous decision to provide them an additional incentive of up to 50 percent of their monthly salary.
The secretaries are the officials responsible to carry out grant signing agreement with the eligible victims. Apart from signing the grant agreement, the VDC secretaries also accepted to review the complaints registered by the quake victims who have been left out from the grant distribution process and take necessary steps to incorporate them.
“Today’s meeting with the ministry was very encouraging as we are likely to get our incentive very soon,” vice chairman of VDC Secretaries Welfare Center Nepal, Eknarayan Kafle, told Republica. “Most of the VDC offices will resume their work from tomorrow (Tuesday).”
Last year, after the VDC secretaries had halted their works demanding incentive for the additional work they have been forced to carry out in the earthquake-hit districts, the ministry had decided to provide them an additional incentive of up to 50 percent of their monthly salary on the basis of their performance and workload. Following the decision, the ministry had even provided inventive for the last three months of the previous fiscal year. But, with the beginning of the current fiscal year, the ministry stopped providing the announced inventive to the secretaries much to the dismay of the secretaries.
First appeared in Republica national daily