Nepal | January 23, 2019

Anti-constitutional elements are being monitored: COAS

Rastriya Samachar Samiti

Chief of Army Staff Purna Chandra Thapa addresses media at Bhadrakali, Kathmandu, on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: Chief of the Army Staff Purna Chandra Thapa has said that Nepali Army has been monitoring the separatist and anti-constitution elements in the country.

Speaking at his first press meet since taking over the post on September 9, COAS Thapa expressed the commitment to fully professionalise the Nepali Army. “Gone are the days of despotism and recommendations; no work will be held against the procedures and rules,” he said.

Stating that the army personnel will be assessed based on merit, he reiterated not to allow any kind of activities that have any effect on national security.

Citing examples of armies of every country involved in development works during peacetime, the COAS said, Kathmandu-Tarai-Madhesh expressway was a priority project for the Army. “Every possible effort will be made to complete the project within the deadline,” he asserted.

Responding to a query, the COAS said that the Nepali Army high-level representation was not made in the joint BIMSTEC army drill as per the decision of the government.

On a different note, he also pledged to make the army welfare fund and other welfare activities of the Army full transparent.

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