Selection details sought from army
Added At: 2012-04-17 11:33 PM
Last Updated At: 2012-04-17 11:33 PM
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Special Committee (for supervision, integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants) today sought details from Chief of Army Staff Chhatra Man Singh Gurung and the Public Service Commission about technical aspects of selection, recruitment and integration of PLAs.
Committee member Ram Sharan Mahat said Gurung suggested that vacancies be created at the to-be-formed directorate and its command structure decided before the combatants are selected for training.
Gen Gurung and other senior army staff, who were at the committee secretariat today, told secretariat members that the Army wants the SC to take the Army Act into consideration before reaching a decision. They also told members that the Army Act would be applicable to combatants from the day they join army training.
Mahat said the committee would decide about creating vacancies only after ascertaining the number of combatants who have opted for integration as many fighters have chosen retirement during recent re-grouping.
Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun said Acting Chairman of the Public Service Commission Kayo Devi Yami told the committee that anyone convicted of serious human rights violations would be disqualified for integration. “Mere allegations will not disqualify a person,” Pun added.
The committee is to meet again in a few days to work on the recommendations of the Army Chief. Some Army officials are learnt to have suggested that the Army Act be amended to address integration issues. But Pun said since the committee was constituted as per the Interim Constitution, there was no need to amendment the Army Act.
On the issue of who should lead the soon-to-be formed directorate, Pun said some of the army directorates were under the commanded of Brigadier General and others under Major General. “The same modality would apply for the new directorates taking their functions and priorities into account,”