KATHMANDU: The task force formed by the Special Committee is on the verge of resolving contentious issues related to integration — composition of the selection committee, ranks to be offered to Maoist fighters, structure of the directorate general to be formed under the Nepali Army and duration of the training and bridging courses for the to-be-integrated Maoist ex-fighters.
The task force comprising four SC members, one each from four major political forces — Barshaman Pun of UCPN-Maoist, Minendra Risal of Nepali Congress, Bhim Rawal of CPN-UML and Jitendra Dev of MJF-D — however, was reluctant to disclose to media the understanding reached after four-hour meeting at SC Secretariat.
A member of the task force told THT, “We have decided that lieutenant general of army would head the directorate general.”
It was agreed to significantly reduce the training period for the integrating Maoist ex-fighters. A recruit will be imparted five months of regular training, while those harmonised as officer cadets would get nine months of training. Currently, NA recruits and officer cadets have to take between nine and 18 months of training. Besides, the task force proposed three-month bridging course for all PLAs, irrespective of their integrating position.
“We have broadly agreed that the highest should be decided as per the seven-point agreement. But it depends on the number opting for integration and how many of them will hold particular positions,” another member of the task force told THT.
Jitendra Dev of MJF-D said, “We will submit the draft of today’s understanding to the Special Committee. Tomorrow’s meeting of the committee, in the presence of top leaders of major parties, will finalise it.”
• Lieutenant general to head directorate general
• Four brigades to be in charge of disaster management and rescue, forest security, industrial security and infrastructure development directorates
• Training for recruits, officer cadres reduced
• Highest rank to depend on the number of PLAs opting for integration
• Composition of the selection committee to be in consonance with the practice being followed in the Nepali Army