KATHMANDU, Aug 22 : In surprise inspections carried out in 25 ministries over the past two days, the National Vigilance Centre (NVC) found 307 government employees, including 19 gazetted first class officers, playing truant.
NVC said 25 teams paid inspection visit to the ministries to see whether civil servants were arriving on time and complying with the dress code set by the government. Of the total absentees, 19 were gazetted first-class officers, 59 gazetted second-class officers, 62 gazetted third-class officers and 167 non-gazetted officers.
NVC carried out surprise inspections at Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health and Population, Ministry of General Administration, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Ministry of Home Affairs had the highest number of 49 absentees. Ministry of Finance had 39 absentees, Ministry of Health and Populations 36 and Ministry of General Administration 35 absentees.
Similarly, NVC officials inspected others ministries too. During inspection, there were 17 absentees at the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, one at the Ministry of Industry, ten at the Ministry of Agriculture Development, 16 at the Ministry of Land Reforms and Management, five at the Ministry of Culture , Tourism and Civil Aviation, four at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, three at the Ministry of Irrigation, two at the Ministry of Labor and Employment, two at the Ministry of Defense, one at the Ministry of Information and Communications, thirteen at the Ministry of Energy and one at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment.
However, all officials were present at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport. “Only all most all officials of the foreign ministry were found to have reached office before 10 am,”
During the surprise checks, NVC found 82 employees of the various ministries not sticking to the dress code. One first-class officer, 12 second-class officers, 30 third-class officers and 39 non-gazetted officers were found to have violated the dress code. The NVC has asked the Prime Minister´s Office to action against the absentees.
Newly appointed NVC acting secretary Ramesh Kumar Sharma said they will direct the authorities to take departmental action against employees for flouting the dress code.
Meanwhile, NVC officials inspected the Ministry of Youth and Sports and 44 various departments on Friday. “We completed sudden inspections at 44 departments Friday evening,” Sharma said. He said that reports of the sudden inspections will be made public on the NVC´s website by Sunday morning.
Electronic attendance devices not functioning in 50% govt offices
During the sudden checks, NVC officials found electronic attendance devices were not in working condition in 50% of the government offices. “This has come to our notice that electronic attendance devices are not functioning in 50% of our ministries,” NVC Acting Secretary Sharma told Republica.
The government has made it mandatory for all government offices to set up electronic attendance devices. Electronic attendance devices were not in proper working condition at the Ministry of General Administration, the Ministry of Culture, and the Ministry of Defense, while the devices were not in use at Ministry of Labor, NVC officials said.
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