Nepal | July 12, 2020

Sajha Publication GM denies violation of law

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:
sajha prakashan central office building

Sajha Prakashan central office building. THT/File

Kathmandu, September 18

General Manager of Shajha Prakashan Dolendra Prasad Sharma clarified to the Ministry of Education that he did not violate any law while taking steps to strengthen the publication. His response came to the second clarification sought by the ministry with regard to the allegation of irregularities against him.

Sharma said in his second reply to the ministry he had tried to clarify all six questions put forth by the ministry.

Sharma said he terminated the contracts of some employees to decrease overstaffing. “But when we got the job to produce and distribute English medium text books, we hired some staffers as per the decision of the board of directors, ” Sharma said in his letter to the MoE.

He stated that Sajha Publication failed to get its accounts audited for eight years mainly because its documents and files were taken by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority . “After several efforts, now the CIAA has sent the documents,” he said.

Sharma also stated that he decided to give some printing jobs to private presses as none of the printing houses applied when Sajha Prakashan opened the tender process. “We made all these decisions on the basis of law and followed due process. We did not pay the private press more than the market price,” Sharma added.

He also said Sajha Prakashan decided to seek supply of paper from Address Paper Mills as no other paper mill evinced interest in supplying paper to Sajha Prakashan. Sharma said his offices’ decision to seek supply of paper from Address Paper Mills was in consonance with the bylaws of Sajha Prakashan, which states that the amount to be paid for supply of paper must not be higher than the market price. In response to the MoE’s question why Sharma did not fulfil his commitment expressed before the prime minister, Sharma said he had sought Rs 39 crore for the development of Sajha Prakashan but got only 15 crores and that was the reason he could not do the expected things.

The MoE sought clarification from Sharma for the first time last week. It sought second clarification after it found Sharma’s clarification unsatisfactory. “MoE’s office bearers sought second clarification without reading my first response”, Sharma said.

MoE Spokesperson Hari Lamsal said that Sharma was asked for clarification for the second time, because the MoE was not satisfied with his first reply. “It clearly hints that there are some violations of rules,” he said. He also said that the ministry would take a call on Sharma’s second reply soon.

 


A version of this article appears in print on September 19, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Tarai districts at risk of floods after heavy rainfall in hilly region

RAUTAHAT: Tarai districts are at a high risk of floods as water level has risen alarmingly after incessant rainfall in hilly and Chure region in recent days. Locals residing on the banks of Bagmati and Lalbakiya rivers in Rautahat and Sarlahi districts have been living in terror of floods as Read More...

NHRC chief draws flak for condemning Mohna Ansari

KATHMANDU, JULY 10 National Human Rights Commission Chairman Anup Raj Sharma has drawn flak for issuing a press release condemning NHRC member Mohna Ansari for criticising Samajwadi Party-Nepal’s decision to expel Sarita Giri from both the party and the House of Representatives. Sharma h Read More...

Commission on the investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons

Conflict victims lament govt’s apathy in their joint submission

KATHMANDU, JULY 10 Various victim groups of Nepal have made a joint submission to the 37th Session of the Working Group on Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council, drawing its attention to the Government of Nepal’s persistent failure to deliver truth, justice, repar Read More...

Gaindakot, Nawalparasi

East-West Highway obstructed as flood sweeps diversion in Nawalpur

KATHMANDU: The East-West Highway has been obstructed since a diversion was washed away by a flash flood at Gaindakot section in Nawalparasi (East) district. It has been learnt that the vehicular movement along the highway came to halt after the flooded rivulet in Thumsi swept away the culvert o Read More...

Nepal Communist Party (NCP) standing committee meet put off for a week

KATHMANDU, JULY 10 The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has postponed its Standing Committee meeting for a week. NCP Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha wrote on his Twitter handle that the party took the decision to postpone its Standing Committee meeting to enable the party’s rank and fil Read More...

‘Regulate particular content, media, not entire industry’

KATHMANDU, JULY 10 Freedom Forum, a civil society organisation, issued a press release condemning cable operators’ decision to halt broadcast of Indian news channels, except Doordarshan, over misleading and defamatory content about Nepal. Freedom Forum said service providers and media carrie Read More...

Jada and Will Smith reveal marriage trouble on Facebook show

LOS ANGELES: With their marriage under social-media scrutiny, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith reaffirmed their commitment to each other as Pinkett Smith admitted to having a relationship with musician August Alsina when she and Smith were separated. In a one-on-one conversation Friday on Pinke Read More...

Amazon says email to employees banning TikTok was a mistake

Roughly five hours after an internal email went out Friday to Amazon employees telling them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones, the online retailing giant appeared to backtrack, calling the ban a mistake. “This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error," Read More...