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Civil servants disappointed with budget

Government employees are disappointed as they did not get their perks hiked, according to their demand and government’s promise. They had demanded at least 10 per cent hike in their pay.
Nepal Civil Servants Association president Punya Prasad Dhakal showed serious concern that the remuneration of civil servants is not increased despite increasing inflation. “It will discourage morale of the employees,” he said.
Earlier in the meeting of the Finance Committee, finance minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat had announced to increase the salary of government employees, said Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) co chair Shobhakar Regmi. “But the government’s back tracked from its commitment,” he said, complained that the government failed to recognise the contribution of government employees. Mahat said that the government has failed to increase the pay of the civil servants due to crunch of resources due to devastating earthquake that has floored infrastructure including public and private houses, and heritage sites. “The resources have to be diverted to reconstruction making it difficult for salary increament of civil servants,’ finance minister Mahat said.