Local body staffers demand local election at the soonest
Various trade union leaders from the Local Body Employee Association, Nepal have urged the government to announce the local elections. During a meeting with Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Hitraj Pandey on Monday, they also demanded that no delay be made in announcing the date for local election. "It's been over 15 years since the local bodies are without poeple's representatives. Due to the failure to hold the local election, service delivery by the local bodies and local development work have been affected,” reads the memorandum signed by Harikumar Shrestha, the association's chairman.
They have submitted a 15-point memorandum demanding timely local election. The memorandum states that the number of local bodies have already been fixed so the government's focus now should be on holding the local election. They also demanded that about 6,000 staffers who have been working in local bodies for the past 20 years on contract basis should be recruited as permanent staffs. “For ensuring their (bodies' staffers) social security they should be provided health insurance, uniform allowances, scholarships for their children and so on,” reads the memorandum further. They further demanded that the government should build a hospital for them.
Parties have no alternatives to consensus: Koirala
Nepali Congress General Secretary, Dr Shashank Koirala, said the parties do not have any option but to reach a consensus on implementing the constitution. Speaking at a program held on the occasion of Martyrs' Day on Sunday by Nepali Congress Gaindakot Town Committee here, Koirala expressed concern that the country was still unable to move forward on path of implementing the constitution. He stressed on need for consensus among all the parties before seeking an outlet from the present crisis.
Koirala underlined unity among three major parties as today's necessity for constitution implementation as they had united when promulgating the constitution. He said the main opposition party – CPN (UML) – should be taken onboard the constitution implementation process. Koirala, who is a lawmaker from Nawalparasi constituency – 1, said the country would find a solution only after treading the path shown by the martyrs.