HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Nepali Army is yet to name its representative to the Selection Committee formed to select Maoist People’s Liberation Army combatants for their integration into the Nepali Army.
Chief of the Army Staff General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung had named Maj Gen Daman Ghale as the national army’s top representative to the six-member selection committee formed under acting chairperson of the Public Service Commission Kayo Devi Yemi.
Ghale, who is set to retire on May 16, is on home leave.
While Nepali Army spokesperson Ramindra Chhetri conceded that the
army brass is yet to pick its representative to the selection committee,
a source said Chief of the Army Staff
Gurung is awaiting the government
nod for his recently-proposed Nepali Army Restructuring Proposal.
The selection committee has not met again after its first ‘introductory-meeting” held on April 19 that stressed the need to expedite the army integration process.
The integration of 3,129 Maoist combatants is getting delayed due to delay in convening the selection committee meeting.
Lieutenant General Balananda Sharma (retired), coordinator of the Secretariat under the Special Committee (for supervision, integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants), appealed to all concerned to expedite the integration process.
Sharma pointed that practical problems will arise if personnel of the Nepali Army and former Maoist combatants’ stay in the erstwhile PLA cantonments is prolonged.