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Right to information is fundamental feature of democracy: PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that right to information is a fundamental feature of democracy.

Prime Minister Oli said that use of right to information would contribute to build a sound society while receiving a report on works performed by the incumbent leadership of National Information Commission today.

He said all should know that information regarding the issues related to national sovereignty, integrity and national interest as well as issues related to crime and terrorism, which were under investigation, could not be provided, directing the Commission to suggest a proper way to provide information.

“It is necessary to pay attention to the time and situation as well while implementing the right to information and disseminating information,” PM Oli said.

He also called one and all to involve in the campaign of national development with determination.

On the occasion, Commission Chairman Krishna Hari Banskota informed that in response to the complaints related to implementation of right to information filed at the Commission so far since its establishment, 1,747 directives were issued.

Banskota said that the Commission issued 940 directives in the past one year and stressed the need of adding the word ‘information disclosure’ during amendment to the new Constitution as this wording was not incorporated in the historic charter.

Commission members Kiran Pokharel and Yashoda Adhikari and Secretary Sharadraj Bista also expressed their views on the occasion.

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Civil service employees disagree ordinance

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RUPANDEHI- The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) Province-5 has expressed discontent on the employees’ adjustment ordinance brought out by the government.

Noting that the employees’ adjustment ordinance was introduced against the common understanding of the employees, the committee on Monday submitted a 12-point memorandum to the federal government through Province-5 Chief Minister and Office of Council of Ministers.

It may be noted that a 22-point common concept was submitted to the government through Chief Secretary of the federal government after holding discussions among national level trade unions of civil service. The discussion was coordinated by the authentic trade union of civil service employees.

The committee has expressed disagreement on the issuance of employees adjustment ordinance-2018 against the share concerns against the shared concept of the employees.

The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) has been insisting on the government to adjust employees as per the Adjustment Act-2074 and immediately enforce the voluntary retirement plan as per the Clause 13 of the Act.

A team headed by Association Province-5 Chairperson Madan Gautam had submitted the memorandum to Secretary of Chief Minister and Council of Minister, Basanta Adhikari.

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