No ground to charge me of inefficiency, Gyewali tells govt

KATHMANDU: The National Reconstruction Authority Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyewali on Wednesday told the government that there was not any ground behind the charge that his performance was inefficient.

Responding to the government's call for clarification, Gyewali today wrote to the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers that his role as the CEO of the national post-earthquake reconstruction body could not be labelled below satisfactory on any ground, reason and condition.

The government on December 29 had sought an explanation from the official expressing dissatisfaction with his performance in the post-quake reconstruction front.

It was reported that the government had sought the clarification as the first step in its bid to relieve him of the powerful position.

The top official in the clarification submitted today, however, mentioned that the Authority had a life of five years in accordance with the Reconstruction of the Earthquake Affected Structures Act; he had been appointed to the position for five years; and, he had basically completed all works which should have been completed in the first year.

Therefore, there was no any ground to seek the clarification from him, he said, adding, he did not do anything breaching the legal jurisdiction.

Gyewali has listed out major functions and achievements of the authority as evidence to support his claim.

Further, various donor agencies including World Bank, JICA, DFID, USAID and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation had expressed satisfaction over the Authority's performance, Gyewali stated.

"Since the Steering Committee chaired by the Prime Minister himself on September 26, 2016 decided that the Authority's performance was satisfactory as its decisions about the Authority were implemented and results were delivered," he claimed, "The call for clarification has automatically been refuted."

Gyewali was appointed by the erstwhile KP Sharma Oli-led coalition government in December 2015.