Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Amik Serchan was locked inside his own office for seven hours over the issue of his controversial decision to revoke the transfer of ministry staff.
Some 250 technical staff including health assistants staged a sit-in on Sunday in front of the minister's office and did not allow him to leave the place until 7 pm, a medical staff in the ministry said on condition of anonymity.
Serchan had to break the lock in the evening to come out of the office, according to the national daily Kantipur.
The employees were opposing the minister's decision to revoke the royal government's decision to transfer some 1,100 employees in the ministry.
The minister abruptly decided to revoke all the transfers and those affected by the decision staged a sit-in amidst chanting slogans demanding his resignation, sources at the ministry said.
Employees were enraged by the minister's decision to annul transfers of all employees since the royal takeover of February 1, 2005, instead of annulling just those employees whop were given discriminatory by the royal government, a staff at the ministry said.