Former chief secy Subedi to be recalled from ADB

Kathmandu, June 14

The government today decided to recall former chief secretary Som Lal Subedi from Asian Development Bank.

Subedi has been working as alternative director at Manila-based headquarters of  the Asian Development Bank.

This decision was taken today by a meeting of  the Cabinet held at Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s official residence in Baluwatar. Minister of Communications and  Information Technology Gokul Baskota told mediapersons after the Cabinet meeting that the government had decided to send Joint Secretary Ram Sharan Pudasaini in place of Subedi in the ADB.

Subedi  had resigned from the post of chief secretary last year  to join the ADB post drawing criticism from political parties, particularly the erstwhile CPN-UML.

The UML had opposed the government’s decision to recommend Subedi for the ADB post,  saying the post was meant for joint secretaries and sending chief secretary to the ADB would tarnish the country’s image.

Joint Secretary  Pudasaini who will replace Subedi is currently serving at the Ministry of Finance.

Minister Baskota also said that the Cabinet decided to urge  President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to call a joint session of the Parliament on July 14 to pass the Parliamentary Regulation.

The government also decided to sign a memorandum of understanding with Chinese international development mission for human development assistance in Nepal.

Similarly, the government also decided to sign an MoU with National Development and Reform Commission of China seeking Chinese investment and help to enhance production capacity in Nepal. The government accepted an assistance of Rs 27.55 crores provided by the Japanese government under human development assistance project.

The government also authorised Nepal Electricity Authority to sign an MoU with a Chinese agency to carry  out feasibility study on the construction of  power grid interconnection between Nepal and China. The government decided to send a rhino currently kept at Jawalakhel zoo to India as it is a  protected animal listed in CITES.