KMC chief returns for fourth time

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, July 20:

After a period of 102 days, the employees of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City got Surya

Silwal as the executive head once again. At a similar programme and at the same hall, the employees remember welcoming Hem Sharma Poudyal as the new executive head.

This is Silwal’s fourth stint with the KMC. “Previously, I had to leave the KMC without a farewell. So I had to come back again and again,” he said to employees, who had gathered to welcome the new chief and bid farewell to the outgoing chief executive, Hem Sharma Poudyal. “After this term, I will not return,” Silwal promised.

Talking to this daily, Poudyal said there was an urgent need to restructure the KMC. “The right man should be placed in the right job,” he said, adding he could not make bold decisions to improve the performance of the metropolitan city as his was a temporary assignment.

Poudyal said the quick transfer of KMC officers was an example of inconsistency in the Nepali bureaucracy.

Employees, too, said they were unhappy with frequent changes. “It’s all a drama. We never know when the government decides to appoint a new chief. The change has become a routine to us,” commented a KMC officer.

“Frequent changes certainly hamper our work. We receive lots of letters in the name of

our former executive heads,” another officer said.