Kathmandu: At least 235 government
officials, who were protesting outside the Finance Ministry
complex here for the past three days demanding equal pay-hike,
were on Tuesday detained by the police.
The protesters were arrested as they violated the
government`s rule by demonstrating in restricted area, police
The agitating employees were staging a sit-in in
Singhadurbar secretariat complex protesting against the
"discriminatory hike" in the civil servants` salaries during
the recent budget announced by Deputy Prime Minister and
Finance Minister Bharat Mohan Adhikary.
Various government employees` organisations, including
Nepal National Civil Servants Organisation, Civil Servants`
National Committee and National Independent Employee Reunion
Centre have been demanding the government review its decision
to hike salaries.
They have alleged that the government has neglected the
interest of the lower level government staff while increasing
the pay and perks in the current year`s budget.