NT staff call off protests

The agitating engineering staff of Nepal Telecom (NT) have withdrawn their protests after a nine-point agreement was made with the NT management on Saturday.

The agreement includes formation of a three-member taskforce to prepare the eligibility criteria for the NT’s Managing Director, and chalk out the selection and appointment process. As per the agreement, the NT Board of Directors would deal with the government in order to implement the task-force’s report.

Staff from the engineering background had resorted to the protest against the appointment of Buddhi Prasad Acharya, a chartered accountant, as the new Managing Director of the company.

As per today’s agreement, Acharya would have to play an instrumental role in the implementation of the agreement regarding appointment of new MD.

Likewise, techinical audit of NT projects that the would be started, and another task-force would be formed to study the issues like NT’s restructuring and voluntary retirment of NT employees, and its report would be implemented within three months.

Also, in the agreement, the NT has agreed to introduce various programmes to train the NT employees, and provide an opportunity to them for higher studies.Acharya was appointed to the top position of the telecom company on September 4.

Engineering staff had launched protests against the appointment from the next day demanding a new MD from engineering background.

Acharya, who has studied chartered accountancy, is the first MD at Nepal Telecom who is from a non-engineering field. He was also the senior-most deputy managing director of the company and was appointed as officiating MD by the government on July 13.

Protesting employees had also vandalised NT central office on Wednesday.

Source: THT