House committee agrees to replace ‘mourning leave’ with ‘death rituals leave’

Kathmandu, Aug 6 : The State Affairs and Good Governance Committee under the House of Representatives has agreed to mention the ‘death rituals leave’ in place of ‘mourning or bereavement leave’ being granted to a civil service employee and other government employee experiencing the death of a family member.

Presently, a bereaved employee is given the 15-day ‘Kiriya’ leave as the bereavement leave to perform the post-death rituals of a family member defined by the act.

Taking part in clause-wise deliberations on the bill related to the formation of Civil Service, its operation and terms of service in the committee meeting today, committee members said the word ‘Kiriya’ denoted a specific religion, suggesting for change in its name as the ‘ death rituals leave or Mrityu Sanskar Bida’.

Lawmakers were of the view that leave for employees was not a right but a facility and it should be exercised accordingly.

They also discussed about the provisions concerning casual leave, festival and home leave, maternity and maternity care leave, sick and study leave, extra ordinary leave and unpaid leave.

In the meeting presided over by committee chair Shashi Shrestha, lawmakers Khaga Raj Adhikari, Dilendra Prasad Badu, Yasoda Gurung and Pampha Bhusal put their views in regard with the bill.