3 major parties flout literacy campaign

GORKHA: The three main political parties of the country — the UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML — have flouted the ‘Literacy Campaign Regulations’ while nominating volunteers for carrying out the literacy campaign.

While doing so, the parties did not form the required Literacy Campaign Committee. The three-party meeting held on January 31 had decided to divide the quota of volunteers among them. Eighteen volunteers — six from each party — have so far been selected.

As per the rule, a committee — comprising representatives of all local political parties, the headmasters of local schools as well as representatives of local NGOs, community study centres and municipality — is required to select the volunteers.

Meanwhile, Ram Chandra Adhikari, executive officer, Gorkha Municipality, claimed that the process was as per the rule. Maoist district leader Krishna Rana admitted that they could not follow all the rules due to time constraints in selecting the candidates. Rajan Raj Panta of the Nepali Congress claimed that stakeholders have no qualms about the selection process since it had been ‘inclusive’.