Public Service notice controversy: Protests continue till examination eve

Protestors demonstrate against the Public Service Commission in Anamnagar of Kathmandu, on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Kathmandu, July 18

The controversy regarding a vacancy announcement notice issued by the Public Service Commission is unlikely to end anytime soon. A group of protestors staged a demonstration in front of the Commission’s central office in Kathmandu on Thursday.

Various organisations representing indigenous ethnic communities have been protesting the vacancy notice claiming it disrespected the sentiments of social inclusion as envisioned in the constitution. They argue the Commission has failed to reserve seats for various social groups as adequately as demanded by the Civil Service Act.

Earlier, the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee of Parliament had directed the Commission to cancel the notice on the same grounds, but the Commission had not heeded it. Later, the Supreme Court had allowed the Commission to continue the ongoing recruitment process.

Despite the Supreme Court order, the protestors continued their protest. On Thursday morning, they blocked the road outside the office, throwing the valley traffic into shambles for a few hours.

Later, police interfered and dispersed the mob.

Meanwhile, the applicants are taking their first examination of the recruitment process on Friday.

Over 400,000 people have applied for 9,000 plus positions at various local governments of the country.

Published on July 18th, Thursday, 2019 11:54 AM

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