Kathmandu: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has initiated a substantial downsizing of his secretariat, resulting in the removal of 13 individuals, effective from January 15. The Prime Minister’s Secretariat officially announced the dismissals, citing a commitment to streamline and optimize the workforce.
Among those dismissed are Narayan Prasad Dhungana, who held the position of Personal Joint Secretary, and Ramesh Prasad Guragai, who served as Personal Under Secretary. Additionally, the list includes Personal Under Secretaries Om Kumari Poudel and Sabitri Kumari Adhikari. Other individuals removed from their positions include Personal Under Secretary Kal Bahadur Nath, Personal Section Officer Lale Kumal, and Administrative Assistant Yubraj Shah.
The downsizing extended to support staff as well, with Administration Assistant Ram Lal Parajuli, Computer Assistants Basudev Sharma and Khadak Yogi, Office Assistant Avinash Waiba, and Vehicle Drivers Ramesh Prasad Ghimire and Pabitra Bahadur Shahi also facing dismissal.
Prime Minister Dahal had previously indicated his intention to not only reduce the overall staff but also streamline the structure of his Secretariat. The removal of these 13 employees is in line with that commitment.
The Prime Minister’s Secretariat currently comprises 52 positions, with Prime Minister Dahal having appointed 35 individuals. The Secretariat has confirmed that 20 of these appointed staff members are prepared for removal. This move reflects the Prime Minister’s efforts to enhance efficiency and effectiveness within his office.