Furnish details on arms import: SAC tells PM

KATHMANDU: The State Affairs Committee of the parliament today directed Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to furnish all the details about the arms and logistics imported after the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections. The PM has been served a week-long ultimatum to furnish the details.

Answering the queries raised by the UCPN Maoist parliamentarians, PM Nepal had clarified that his government had just given continuity to the practice of importing arms meant for Nepal Police and Armed Police Force which the earlier Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' and Girija Prasad Koirala's government had done.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Home Minister Bhim Rawal had clarified the issues raised by the CA members during the meeting.

UCPN Maoist lawmaker Top Bahadur Rayamajhi had urged the committee to probe into the weapons and artilleries imported after the CA election by the successive governments and take a decision through political consensus as to what course should follow next.

The committee headed by UML Lawmaker Ramnath Dhakal had demanded that the government take decision on sensitive issues like National Security Policy through political consensus.

The committee has also directed the PM to fill the vacant positions at all the constitutional bodies within a month and also to inform the committee about the progress made on that front.

UCPN Maoist spokesperson Dinanath Sharma, however, urged the committee to make the appointments 'through consensus'.

Various positions including members and chiefs of different constitutional bodies including the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Public Service Commission and Office of the Attorney have been lying vacant since long. Some of the posts have been laying vacant since past three years.

Claiming that the opinions of some ministers have been conflicting with the official statements of the Prime Minister, the committee also demanded that the PM make the government's version clear to the public.

The committee has also drawn the attention of the government towards the deteriorating law and order situation since it was hurtling the recruitment and transfer of civil servants and discouraging them.