Parliamentary committee agrees on age bar for retirement in civil service

Kathmandu, Nov 14 : Agreement has been reached in the parliamentary committee to increase the maximum age of compulsory retirement of employees in the civil service from 58 to 60, following long debate and discussions.
The House of Representatives’ State Affairs and Good Governance Committee, at its meeting today, reached to a consensus on the proposal on increasing the maximum age for retirement, taking into consideration the increase in the average age of the Nepalis, the age bar for retirement remaining above 58 years in the judicial, health and teacher services and the international practice as well. More discussions would be held on the draft of the bill after the committee passes all the articles of the draft proposal of the ‘Bill Designed to Provide for the Formation, Operation and Conditions of Service of the Federal Civil Service’ and sends it to the Federal Parliament. The bill is currently under consideration of the committee.

The bill will take the form of an Act after it is passed by both houses of parliament and certified by the President.
The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration however had wanted to retain the present maximum age for compulsory retirement from civil service. Secretary at the Ministry, Yadav Prasad Koirala said that some restrictions have been proposed to make adjustments in the number of employees joining the service and those exiting the service as imposing the age bar provision to all at the same time would hamper the promotion, would result in the halting of new recruitments and cause much load on pension.

More weightage given to performance
Similarly, one of the provisions of the bill passed by the committee has increased the weightage of marks given to the employee while making his/her the performance evaluation to 60 from the existing 40. Similarly, the civil service employee gets 14 marks for working in remote areas, 20 marks for seniority and the rest marks for educational qualification, with the total marks adding up to 100. The weightage of marks for training attended has been removed in promotion. During the discussions, the lawmakers had also expressed concern over the possibility of the tendency of pleasing the bosses and the department chiefs instead of giving attention to the works of the service seekers might increase among the employees if more weightage is given to the performance.

In the meeting, Minister for General Administration Lalbabu Pandit called on the lawmakers to play a constructive role in enriching the bill and making it timely. He also stressed on discouraging the tendency among civil servants threatening not to go to their assigned duty stations. The committee reached consensus up to clause 56 out of the total 84 clauses of the draft bill. The next meeting of the committee will discuss on the remaining clauses, committee president Sashi Shrestha said. (RSS)

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