Home Minister unveils home administration reform road map

KATHMANDU: Home Minister Janardan Sharma has unveiled a 84-point reform plan- 'Accountable Home Administration: Law and Order and Good Governance 2017' on Tuesday.

Organising a press conference at the Home Ministry today, Minister Sharma said laws including Federal Police Act, Armed Police Force Act, Nepal Special Service Act, Local Administration Act, Citizenship Act, Disaster Management Act, Social Reform Act and Act related to election would be framed and endorsed for the smooth implementation of the Constitution.

Among the reform agendas included in the road-map are transformation of reform action plan, assurance of security to citizens and increase in good governance, internal security area reform programme, strengthening of Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department, improvement in the flow of district administration service, capacity building in management of disasters and rapid response, modernisation of immigration department, capacity building for disaster management, prison improvement, national ID card to citizens, prevention and control of narcotic drugs, traffic management and monitoring.

The plan ahead is to initiate developing structures and mechanisms by devising metropolitan police in metropolises and sub-metropolises, municipal police in urban area and developed municipalities, rural police in urban-oriented municipalities and rural municipalities and hilly police in remote high hill and hilly rural municipalities. The minister noted that a merit-based system would be put in place to look after promotion, capacity building and transfers in Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department.

The Home Minister said that a mechanism would be developed for lodging grievances by the junior police officers directly to the Home Minister and Inspector General of Police.

The secessionist forces and individuals would be completely squashed while special initiative would be forwarded in a coordinative fashion against the syndicate in the public transport sector.

Minister Sharma promised to end the vehicular obstructions, made under any pretext, along the highways within 30 minutes even by the use of force.

Coordination would be made with the universities to lure the outstanding students to the Nepal Police and recruitment of the police personnel would be made in a fixed calendar as well as the application for the vacant posts in the Nepal Police would be accepted through online system.

He also said that police attaché would be deployed in the Nepali embassies abroad where the number of migrant workers is high. He further announced to ensure border posts along the bordering areas while new curriculum for the CDOs' trainings would be developed and implemented.

Likewise, the 15 per cent incentives collected from the traffic police would be ended but additional daily allowance to the traffic police would be provided, the Home Minister said.