Minister Sharma vows to end political meddling in affairs of security agencies

Kathmandu, June 14

Minister for Home Affairs Janardan Sharma today said that he would put an end to politicisation of crime and criminalisation of politics.

Talking to the mediapersons at his office in Singha Durbar, he said, “I would like to assure you that there will be no political intervention in security agencies, including Nepal Police, under the purview of MoHA from my side. At the same time, an end to unnecessary political meddling by anyone in the running of security agencies will be my key priority.”

He conceded that undue political intervention had been posing a threat to Nepal Police and pledged to let it act independently to maintain law and order in the country. “Undue political intervention will not be acceptable,” Minister Sharma informed.

He also said he would attach high priority to the strengthening of home administration and make more efforts to boost the morale of low-ranking cops, who work at the grassroots level for peace and security.

On a different note, he warned all employees under the MoHA against competing for political favour in their promotion and transfer. “Any one found vying for political favour and recommendation for promotion and transfer to the place of his/her choice will further disqualify him/her,” he said. “I will do my best to make promotions and transfers justifiable and transparent without any prejudice,” he added.

Sharma said the ministry was making necessary preparation to lead home administration as per the federal set-up. On security arrangements for the second phase of local level polls scheduled for June 28, he said, “All security strategies are in place to conduct the elections in a free and fair environment. At a time when the government is working to bring all the agitating forces on board, there is no doubt about its capacity to conduct the second phase of civic polls.”