Bagmati provincial government introduces ‘good governance bill’ to monitor and evaluate employeesThe proposed law will regulate employees of the local units and provincial administration, and keep a watch on service delays and hassles at public offices.
The Bagmati provincial executive is set to draft new laws to maintain good governance in the public offices under the provincial and local governments.
The provincial government on Sunday registered a bill on good governance at the Provincial Assembly.
The proposed law will regulate employees of the local units and provincial administration, and keep a watch on service delays and hassles at public offices.
Minister for Internal Affairs and Law Shalikram Jammakattel said the bill was introduced to make the public administration transparent, accountable, pro-public and corruption-free.
“The government has not been able to work for the people as expected. Even the capital expenditure is low. We will work effectively once the bill is endorsed. The bill will bind the government, ministers and employees to become more accountable to the public,” said Jammakattel.
The bill has a proposal of separate responsibilities for chief minister, ministers, chief secretary, secretaries, office chiefs and employees of the local units. The bill, prepared by the Office of Chief Minister and Provincial Council of Minister, has the provision of departmental action in case the work performance is found to be unsatisfactory.
The proposed law also has a provision of a monitoring and evaluation mechanism committee headed by the chief secretary in the provincial centre.
Main opposition Nepali Congress has also underscored the need of the bill advocating good governance. Chhiring Dorje Lama, the whip of the Nepali Congress in the provincial assembly, said the good governance bill is essential in making government employees responsible.
“Such bills should have been introduced earlier,” he said.
As per the existing legal provision, the bill should be endorsed by the provincial assembly meeting with a simple majority. The ruling Nepal Community Party has 80 seats in the 110-member provincial assembly.