On public service careers

Being an employee of a government organization means access to numerous facilities and incentives, too, which many private institutions may not provide.

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SUPRASANNA ARYAL
The competency of an organization is determined mostly by the aptitude of its employees. So if you had been whining about the inefficient government services in Nepal, why not get there instead and bring about the positive changes you desire? Also, being an employee of a government organization means access to numerous facilities and incentives, too, which many private institutions may not provide.

Pratima Pyakurel, 35, a teacher at Shanti Bidhya Griha, a government school at Lainchaur, shares, “Youngsters are energetic and they prefer not to work in government institutions because the working environment in such organizations are usually laidback and people work less. And no one is there to evaluate their work, making them unmotivated for improving. Youngsters like to learn more in a short time and they aspire for professional growth. Many government ministries and departments fail to fulfill these needs, so they go for private institutions.”

However, she feels that there has been a lot of progress over the years. To teach in a government school, one is required to pass the examination conducted by Teachers Service Commission, and interviews are also taken and which are usually tough. The quality of education in government schools is also slowly improving, she observes. She opines that even in a government school/college, it won’t be difficult if one is determined to provide better education to the students.

“Personnel in public services can enjoy various facilities. Transfers are provided to employees upon request, though a long and complicated process is involved. So you don’t need to lose your job even if you have to shift to a distant place within the country. Salaries are fair for everyone, according to their professional levels. And there’s no pressure from anyone and you can find your own way of working,” she says.

Elaborating on the prospects of getting into a government service, Govinda Raj Kharel, 57, Deputy Managing Director of Administration at Nepal Electricity Authority, a semi-governmental organization, says, “Once one gets a job in a government office, the job is secure for around 58 years. Employees are usually not fired once they are hired. Many private organizations aren’t stable but government organizations will always be there. So job security is ensured. Due to this reason, many youngsters are getting attracted to government jobs these days.”

However, he shares that seats are limited for government jobs. Also, the examinations the candidates have to appear at are pretty tough and they even have to sit for interviews, he informs. Kharel further says that the qualifications and skills required differ according to the posts.

“In private organizations, the work station may be limited to a particular area but if you’re employed at a government office, you’ll have to be prepared to get transferred to the remotest of areas of Nepal. But that’s equally beneficial as you’ll get to learn a lot from the experience,” he opines.

Similarly, Subash KC, 31, Assistant Manager at Nepal Bank Ltd, which is also a semi-government organization, shares that he doesn’t regret joining a government service. There are some drawbacks, though, he shares. Such institutions have to abide by the strict rules and regulations of the government and cannot work independently all the time, and that disheartens him. It becomes troublesome especially when the government officials change, he observes.

However, he opines that various other prospects make working in a public organization a fruitful experience. “Firstly, unlike many other private organizations, public institutions are mostly service-oriented, rather than profit-oriented. Private organizations usually don’t invest in the areas where there’s a lot of risk involved but government institutions do as required by the government. For instance, our bank has branches in many rural areas and the services provided there have helped a lot of people,” he shares.

He adds that working at a government bank also means comparatively more flexibility in terms of leaves when required. The salaries and allowances are also satisfactory, and even after retirement, pensions and other schemes are available, he says. And in his bank, employees are provided with many in-house trainings and seminars. That way, the employees get to learn a lot and are being groomed professionally, he opines.

“Unlike what many youngsters believe, government offices are catching up with the latest technologies. Officials are becoming more cautious while recruiting employees to hire the best ones among the applicants. So they are eventually becoming as competent as the private institutions,” he concludes.

Being appointed to a civil service

> For permanent appointment to any civil service post, you are required to take the exams conducted by Public Service Commission (Lok Sewa Aayog).
> The civil service posts are namely non-gazetted 1st class staff, non-gazetted 2nd class staff, section officer, under secretary and secretary, among others, in technical or non-technical sectors.   
> One or more methods of selection are adopted (open competitive written examination, open competitive practical examination, interview or any other methods adopted by the Commission)

For vacancy information, application process and other information, visit the Commission’s website www.psc.gov.np or www.publicservicenepal.com

source: ARYAL,SUPRASANNA (2014),"On public service careers", republica,27 jan 2014

2014-01-29 | EducateNepal

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