Kathmandu, Mar. 23: After two hours of waiting and standing in the queue to fill up the form for becoming a 40-day temporary police for upcoming local level polls, Sita Ojha, 36, a temporary resident of Kathhmandu-32, applied for the post.
She had a compulsion to do so as her husband is paralysed for the last five years. "We have two children to take care of," Ojha said, who was in the queue to fill up the form at the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Range, Teku on Monday. She said, “I have no other option and have come for the application to be temporary police at least for 40 days."
"To tell you openly, I have come to join the temporary police force because of severe financial condition of the house," said Ojha. She said her son too suffers from blurred vision due to cataracts. She has to bear the family expenses herself. “Currently, I’m working as a housemaid in different houses going beyond my community circle,” she said. "The government does not look after the poor like us. But if you have access and relatives, you can get a job easily anywhere at any time."
The condition of Smita Shrestha of Lubhu, Lalitpur is similar to that of Sita. The mother of one child also stood in line for hours as her financial situation is poor and filled up the form of temporary police.
"I have been forced to stay unemployed since I could not find a job," said Shrestha. “I have come to think that this experience (myadi police) will work even while working in other fields,” she said. Similarly, Nanihera Dangol of Pulchowk, who was in the line near Lalitpur Metropolitan Police Range, said that the line for temporary police itself has portrayed the unemployment situation in the country.
"Everyone seems to be unemployed after coming here in the field. Everyone from the youngest to the oldest is in line for a job,” said Dangol. Many problems of our society will be automatically resolved if there is employment opportunity according to people’s level and education," she said. Those who had failed in the selection of Nepali Army, Armed Police Force Nepal and Nepal Police were also found in the line to apply on time.
Among them, Sangam Baniya, 21, of Kavresthali, Kathmandu, was one who had applied for a job in the Nepali Army two years ago. But he failed in the preliminary selection round in physical fitness. There is still one year left to apply for the army recruitment. However, he said that he had applied to make good use of his free time while staying at home.
“This will also be an experience for me when I will apply for the security body next time. From here, I can also learn how to work with others and stay in discipline,” said Baniya. Sajan Rana Magar, who has been living in Nagarjun-3 of Kathmandu, has also dared for the 40-day job in the temporary police service as he also failed to be selected for Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) post of Nepal Police last year.
He is confident that his experience here will be useful as there are still two more years left to get a job in Nepal Police. Bindu Subedi of Kandaghari, Kathmandu, lives with her family. She stays with her parents and siblings in their rented room. As the eldest child of the family, the financial responsibility is on her shoulders. Working in a paper recycling factory, Subedi had been supporting and sharing all financial burden of the family. “I have come here so that my brothers and sisters won't have to take financial burden although I can’t do anything in my career,” Subedi said.
Likewise, Rasheela Shrestha of Charikot, who was studying in the first year of Bachelor's degree in a college of Dolakha (denied to name the college) came to Kathmandu after she became jobless there. Job is everything, she said. Money is needed in every step to stay and survive in Kathmandu as money is needed in everything, be it while drinking water, or going to toilet. “I have no other choice but to take this job for my study and sustain my living here in Kathmandu," she said.
On Sunday, there was a long queue of applicants in all the three police premises in the Kathmandu Valley. The Kathmandu Police has a quota to enroll 2,767 temporary police personnel, 1,205 for Lalitpur and 750 for Bhaktapur.
The Police Headquarters is recruiting 100,000 temporary police personnel across the country. Applications can be submitted to all District Police Offices by March 25. Citizens who have completed 18 years of age and below 54 years can apply for the job Men and women who had already become temporary police in the earlier elections and former security personnel will get priority for the job. The temporary police will get the same facilities as the permanent police personnel. Their selection will begin on March 29 and the final result will be published on April 5, SSP Bishnu Kumar KC said. The selected candidates will be sent to one-week training from April 11.
The temporary police will be paid at a rate of Rs. 756 per day. Separate ration allowance of Rs. 7,000 for 40 days, dress allowance of Rs. 6,000 and transportation expenses of Rs. 1,000 will be provided.