Kathmandu ward members urge provincial government to hike salary
Jun 23, 2019-
The ward members of Kathmandu Metropolitan City have appealed to the provincial government of Province 3 to hike their salary and other facilities.
A group of 27 ward members representing all major parties reached the provincial headquarters in Hetauda on Sunday and submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Dormani Poudel, speaker for the provincial assembly Sanu Kumar Shreatha and Minister for Internal Affairs and Law Shaligram Jammar Kattel separately.
The ward members complained that salary and facilities of the people’s representatives as mentioned in the provincial laws is too meagre for their livelihood.
The Kathmandu Metropolis decided to provide each ward member with a monthly salary of Rs15,000 through its internal resources. However, under a provision of the provincial law, ward members are only entitled to a salary of Rs7,000.
“The ward member’s salary was Rs6,000 in 1997. It has been raised to Rs7,000 after a review in two decades,” said Laxmi Shrestha, the ward member of Kathmandu-6.
There are a total of 128 ward members from 32 wards in Kathmandu Metropolis. The people’s representatives argue that they have to work from dawn to dusk and the current salary was inadequate to make their livelihoods.
“We have to work for people day in and day out. But we don’t even get the minimum payment to lead a simple life,” said another ward member Laxmi Khadka of Kathmandu-14.
While receiving the memorandum, Minister Jamarkattel said that he was acquainted with the problems of the ward members. He assured amendment to the provincial law so that municipal council could determine the salary for the elected representative of the local units. Stating that the decision of the federal government is also needed on the matter, he asserted that the provincial government would address their issue by holding talks with the central government and other provincial governments.
Published: 24-06-2019 07:00