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Nepal civil servants threaten to bring govt to halt

Agitated civil servants in Nepal on Tuesday threatened to bring the government to a standstill as they demonstrated in the heart of the capital demanding salary hike and better working condition.

world Updated: Jul 14, 2009 19:29 IST

Agitated civil servants in Nepal on Tuesday threatened to bring the government to a standstill as they demonstrated in the heart of the capital demanding salary hike and better working condition.

A day after Finance Minister Surendra Pandey presented the budget of the new government, civil servants protested at the Singha Durbar Secretariat and accused the government of ignoring their interest.

Shouting slogans and demanding hike in salary by NRs 2,000 to 5,000 for both no-gazetted and gazetted civil servants, the employees blocked vehicles at the secretariat. They threatened to take to the streets and bring the government to a halt if their demands for increased salary, allowance and facilities were not fulfilled.

However, a cabinet minister said that there are provision for providing 15 per cent dearness allowances to the government staff in the budget.

As the 22-party coalition led by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal prepares to tackle the country’s deep-rooted economic problems, Finance Minister Pandey presented its annual budget of NRs 285.93 billion, which aims to boost the stalled peace process with special grants for the rehabilitation of victims of the decade-long Maoists’ insurgency.