Nepali Congress not to claim CEO of Reconstruction Authority

KATHMANDU: The main opposition party Nepali Congress said would not claim the Chief Executive Officer position of the would-be-formed National Reconstruction Authority.

Speaking at an interaction with journalists at the Reporters' Club today, NC Chief Whip Chinkaji Shrestha said the opposition party would cooperate with the government in the process.

He, however, urged the government to pick a clean and neutral personality, but not a political cadre, as the CEO.

Shrestha also denied his party's role in delay in endorsement of the Bill on Reconstruction of Earthquake Affected Structures.

The Parliament had endorsed the Bill just on Wednesday, clearing the way for setting up the Authority.

Speaking at the same function, CPN-UML leader and Minister for Industry Som Prasad Pandey claimed that the government would give a complete shape to the Authority within a week.

Preparations to select a CEO have already begun, he revealed.

"The Bill has been passed now," the Minister said, "The works will begin immediately."

Speaking at the same function, UCPN-Maoist spokesperson Dinanath Sharma said his party would not obstruct the Authority formation process.

The party would not have any name for the CEO position, he said, adding, "Let there be a capable person, but not a party cadre."