Major shuffle in finance ministry following change of guard

Kathmandu, May 12

There has been a major reshuffle of joint secretaries at the Ministry of Finance (MoF) after the change in leadership at the ministry.

Ram Sharan Pudasaini has been appointed chief of Revenue Management Division from the Monitoring and Evaluation Division. Bishnu Nepal, who was serving as chief of Revenue Division, was transferred to Inland Revenue Division as director general a few weeks back.

Shri Krishna Nepal has been appointed chief of International Economic Cooperation Coordination Division (IECCD) replacing Kewal Prasad Bhandari. Reportedly, Bhandari has been transferred to Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration. Nepal, who had earlier served as deputy director general at Department of Customs, was transferred to MoF to assist Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada’s move to control rampant under-invoicing in customs. He had served in Economic Policy Analysis Division of MoF before being transferred to IECCD.

Arjun Pokharel has been appointed to the Administration and Publication Division, and Uttar Khatri has been appointed to Financial Sector Management and Corporation Coordination Division. Ganesh Pandey of Financial Sector Management and Corporation Coordination Division has been transferred to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The ministry has yet to give portfolio to some of the joint secretaries transferred to MoF from other ministries, like Mukunda Poudel from Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, and Narayan Regmi from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, among others.