Nepal | July 16, 2019

Complaints collection likely to be hit

Himalayan News Service

Employment contract of LPC staffers is expiring two days prior to the deadline for registering conflict era cases

Members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Chairperson and members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) interact with the conflict victims from various districts of the Far-western Development Region of Nepal in an undated photo. Courtesy: TRC

Kathmandu, July 12

Collection of complaints from conflict victims is likely to be affected for last least two days due to the delay in deciding the fate of staffers of local peace committees.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons have been receiving complaints from conflict victims from mid-April through the local peace committees.

However, the employment contract of all LPC employees is expiring on July 15, although the TRC has decided to receive complaints from the conflict victims until July 17.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) member Madhabi Bhatta

Truth and Reconciliation Commission member Madhabi Bhatta. Photo: Facebook

“If a decision is not taken soon, LPC staffers won’t be able to receive complaints from conflict victims,” TRC member Madhabi Bhatta told The Himalayan Times.

The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction had hired LPC staffers on a one-year contract. Each LPC is manned by a secretary, a computer operator and an office assistant.

Many conflict victims are likely to lodge complaints at the last moment and might not able to register their cases in absence of LPC staffers.

Bhatta said the TRC office bearers were supposed to meet PM KP Sharma Oli to draw his attention to the matter, but they couldn’t meet him today due recent political developments.


A version of this article appears in print on July 13, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.


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