Taking a step forward in the proper implementation of Federalism in Nepal, Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration Lal Babu Pandit traveled to Delhi to gain insight on managing civil servants in a federal structure.
In a Federal Administration workshop held on December 19, 2018, Indian administrative services experts shared their knowledge on the structure adopted by India with the Nepali delegation led by Pandit.
Nepal Administration Improvement Division Joint Secretary Bhupal Baral and Local Level Capacity Development Chief Joint Secretary Suresh Adhikari were part of the delegation.
Prior to the workshop, Minister Pandit also met with Indian Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Minister Jitendra Singh on December 18, 2018.
“The ministers discussed signing an agreement between Nepal Administrative Staff College and Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, to enhance the capacity of civil staff,” said Bharat Kumar Regmi, Acting Chief of Nepali Mission, New Delhi.
As part of the visit, Minister Pandit also met Chairman of Union Public Service Commission Arvind Saxena on December 17, 2018, who talked about the Indian system for recruitment, transfer and promotion in its federal administration.
Back in Nepal, the Nepal Government decided to rearrange its staff across the three-tiers of government.
The government’s failure to deploy civil servants even after three years of adopting federalism affected service seekers.
Following this, the government is planning to rearrange 41,000 civil staff in the provinces and local levels out of the 86,000 civil servants including secretaries.
Therefore, this visit to India serves as an important mechanism is establishing sound federalism in Nepal.
“India has a long and vast experience in practicing federalism and it is important to understand how India deals with the problems related to civil staff management,” he said.