Nepal PM Oli continues to transfer secretaries without giving them time to settle down at one place

On Thursday, Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Yadav Koirala got transferred to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development

Oct 17, 2020
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On Thursday, Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Yadav Koirala got transferred to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development. He was one of the 10—out of the total 69 secretaries of the Government of Nepal—who were transferred. Transfer of secretaries is just a regular process in bureaucracy and cabinet makes these decisions. But in Koirala’s case, this was his fifth transfer in just two years.

Former bureaucrats and experts on administrative affairs say while the government can shuffle civil servants when it wants, senior staff, like secretaries, should be allowed to serve for some time before they are sent from one ministry to another so as to allow bureaucracy to function smoothly.

“For good results, delivery per se and policy consistency, it is better if a secretary is given at least two years to serve at one ministry or one state entity,” said Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, who retired as secretary from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation last week. He had served in five different ministries, including the Ministry of Health and Population, in his last five years as a secretary.

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