Govt preparing to hike civil servants’ salary, Finance Minister Koirala says

Rishi Dhamala & Finance Minister Shankar Prasad Koirala

KATHMANDU: Finance Minister Shankar Koirala has hinted at the possibility of salary increase of the government employees.

“Provision of Civil Service Act to review the salary of government staffers should be respected. Now, we are holding discussions in it,” Minister Koirala told a team of journalists led by Reporters Club’s Chairman Rishi Dhamala.

The team has submitted a memorandum to Koirala demanding budget for development and expansion of journalism in the next fiscal year.

The Finance Minister said that the government would take decision on salary hike based on revenue collection and country’s capacity. Minister Koirala said that the upcoming budget would be focused on economic development of the country.  The new budget would help create investment-friendly environment and develop trust between private sector and government side. 

He further went on to say that the new budget would prepare basis for economy and handover the dynamic economy to the elected government.  Koirala also said that the budget would give top priority to energy sector.

Receiving the memorandum, Koirala said he attention was drawn to the problem facing country’s media sector. He also made commitments that the government would leave no stone unturned to implement the Working Journalist Act and draft necessary policy.

Koirala also praised the roles of Club’s for democratic movement, media sector’s development, political outlet and human rights.