Government dismisses NRA CEO Sushil Gyewali

KATHMANDU: A Cabinet meeting held on Thursday has dismissed National Reconstruction Authority Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyewali citing that the clarification submitted by the latter was not satisfactory.

Gyewali yesterday wrote to the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers stating that his role as the CEO of the national post-earthquake reconstruction body could not be labelled below satisfactory on any ground, reason and condition.

In his clarification, the NRA CEO claimed that reconstruction works were being delayed primarily due to lack of cooperation from bureaucrats.

Earlier, the government on December 29 had sought an explanation from the official expressing dissatisfaction with the snail-paced work of the NRA — the apex state mechanism for steering post-quake reconstruction endeavours. Concerns were expressed particularly about the sluggish distribution of the first instalment of housing grant to quake victims.

He was given one week to furnish clarification regarding the same.

Gyewali was appointed by the erstwhile KP Sharma Oli-led coalition government in December 2015 for the period of five years.

Other decisions

Meanwhile, the government decided to provide staff working beyond their assigned working tenure with encouragement allowances.

The Cabinet also decided to give the martyrdom status to forest ranger Ganesh Bahadur Shahi and give Rs 1 million support to his family.

A permanent resident of Jajarkot district, Shahi was found murdered at a forest in Khokling of Taplejung district recently.

(With inputs from the Rastriya Samachar Samiti)