Cabinet okayed 183 foreign trips in eight months

Kathmandu, July 21

Since the formation of the CPN-UML-led coalition government, the Council of Ministers met more than 40 times to take more than 800 decisions, nearly one-fourth of which were to approve foreign trips for high-level government officials, including ministers, secretaries and representatives of constitutional bodies.

According to an analysis of the Cabinet decisions made public on the official website of the Office of the Prime Minister, the government took as many as 813 decisions till the first week of June after PM KP Sharma Oli assumed office on October 11.

Data analysed by THT shows that 183 of the decisions taken in at least 30 meetings were related to at least a proposal each to send nearly 300 high-level officials abroad for seminars and meetings.

While the Cabinet approval is needed only for the foreign trips of ministers, secretaries and representatives of constitutional bodies and commissions, the data doesn’t include junkets managed by different agencies for ministry officials.

Majority of the foreign trips approved by the Cabinet till last month concerned Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Most of the decisions related to the Ministry of Defence were related to sending senior army officers abroad for different reasons.

The government also took 106 decisions to either make appointments or assign officials for specific tasks. The data also shows that the government took 75 decisions to transfer or promote government officials.

At least 79 decisions were taken to release millions of rupees to the political party cadres in the name of offering help to pay their medical bills.

Of the 813 decisions, 55 were taken during a Cabinet meeting on April 19 and 50 on April 1, shows the data.