Kathmandu, April 27

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority today wrote to the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers to ensure that appointments and nominations in government bodies are made on the basis of clear rules and criteria.

According to a press statement issued by the anti-graft body, the appointments made in the Nepal Health Research Council was illegal as those appointments were made by a minister and not the government of Nepal as mandated by the relevant laws.

The CIAA said that appointments in other government bodies such as Nepal Medical Council, Nepal Nursing Council, Nepal Health Professional Council, Nepal Pharmacy Council, Nepal Aurvedic Medical Council, Lumbini Development Fund and BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital had to be made by the government but that was not the case.

The anti-graft body also said that there were provisions whereby some appointments needed to be made in some councils; trusts and academies by the Government of Nepal but in those places the line ministries were appointing office bearers.

The CIAA wrote to the PMO asking it to take appropriate decisions to recoup salaries and other benefits from those who were appointed illegally.