Kathmandu. Stating that the government has devalued their contribution, the Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force have decided not to take the risk allowance to be deployed in Corona. The government has decided not to hire both the police personnel after the government’s decision to give only 10 percent of the posts. Later, both the police have informed the Home Ministry unofficially that they will not take the allowance, expressing dissatisfaction with the standard of giving only 10 percent at most.
“As far as June is concerned, the government has played on the sentiments of the security personnel. It is a great shame,” said a senior police official. Instead, we have come to the conclusion that we are working for the country without allowances. ‘
Home Ministry spokesperson Chakra Bahadur Budha said that a letter had been sent to both the police to send the names of 10 percent police but the names had not been received. He said that he was not aware of such decision even though there were discussions in the past about not taking the allowance.
More than 50 percent of the manpower has been deployed in the ranks but sending only 10 percent of the names would be unfair to many policemen. As a result, the details of the recipient of the allowance have not been collected, says a source.
The 10 percent standard has also caused problems for the Nepal Army. Responsibilities from quarantine to corpse management were given to the army. Even cremators have not received the risk allowance.
According to the criteria published in the Gazette on December 25, the number of security personnel deployed in the front line for the prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19 has been increased from 10 percent to 16 percent. “Once the records of the security personnel, including the risk classification, are verified by the concerned security agencies, the Ministry of Finance will not be hindered in releasing them on the basis of availability of resources,” it said.
The Ministry of Finance has cut the allowances of security personnel from border security to corpse management as the expenses are too high. On the one hand, cutting the allowance for not spending and on the other hand, spending billions to start preparations for the election will also show that the government has neglected the security personnel as planned, police officials said. They have given the message that if the government is in trouble, they are ready to work hard in the service of the country even without allowances.