15 Wards of Panchthar without Ward Secretary, Beneficiaries Suffering
Due to absence of 15 ward secretaries in different local levels, obstacles were created in service flow which effected the beneficiaries.
There is one municipality and seven rural municipalities in which out of 60 positions, 15 are vacant. They are being managed by the neighboring ward secretary who is hindering the services.
Those multitasking ward secretaries are entirely from the technical sector. For Yangwarak Municipality ward no. 1 and 2, Krishna Kharel and for ward no. 3 and 5, Surya Seling are appointed. Both of them are technical assistants.
For Hilihang rural municipality ward no. 1 and 2- Gyanu Adhikari, ward no. 3 and 6- Bhuwan Pashwan are appointed. Likewise, Kummayak Rural Municipality ward no. 3 and 4 has Binod Das as ward secretary.
Rajendra Khatri has been appointed as the ward secretary for Falelung rural municipality and Praja Baskota has been appointed for ward no. 6 and 7. Both of them are technical assistants.
Ward no. 3 and 4 of the same rural municipality has Maan Prasad Savden.
In Miklajung rural municipality ward no. 1 and 2 their technical assistant Barta Bahadur Makhim has taken the responsibility of the ward secretary whereas sub- engineer Yogendra Rai is managing ward no. 4 and 6.
Bishnu Kumar Rai who has been working as the 6th officer for Animal Service Sector has been managing the responsibilities of ward no. 7 and 8. Suresh Gautam has been looking after ward no. 3 and 5.
After Dipesh Mukhiya who was appointed for Tumbewa rural municipality ward no. 4 and 5 got relocated, Khem Thapa who was appointed for ward no. 3 as associate accountant is now responsible for all three wards.
Shovit Shah has taken the responsibility of ward secretary for Fidim Municipality ward no. 2 and 4. All the present secretaries of the municipality are hired on contract by the municipalities.
According to Machhindra Prasad Begha of Yangwarak rural municipality- 2, due to lack of ward secretaries in the local level, citizens are unable to take services. He complains that works like recommendation for Citizenship, plan agreements, registrations are mostly on hold as the present secretaries’ visit the office twice a week.
They visit the office only after finding out if the ward secretary is present in the office or not, informed Bhim Baskota of Falelung rural municipality-7. According to Hom Thapa, chairman of the Tumbewa rural municipality, the flow of services is hindered due to lack of employees according to their posting.
As the appointed ward secretaries too are from the technical sector, they are not being able to provide service on time, said Heema Adhikari, deputy chairperson of Falelung rural municipality.
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