GGMC summons Dahal

Kathmandu, April 10

The Good Governance and Monitoring Committee of the Parliament has summoned Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal tomorrow to discuss some issues.

GGMC Chair Mohan Singh Rathaur said the panel decided to summon the prime minister to seek his answers on the appointment of new chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority, Inspector General of Police and issues relating to local levels and capital gains tax on the Ncell deal.

He said the panel had issued directives to the government on February 10 telling it to appoint new CIAA chief, yet the post remained vacant.

“The post of CIAA chief should not remain vacant for this long and we want to know from the prime minister why the government has not been able to appoint a new CIAA chief,” he added.

The post of the CIAA chief fell vacant after the Supreme Court quashed on January 9 the government’s decision to appoint Lok Man Singh Karki as chief of the anti-graft body.

Rathaur said although the Supreme Court quashed government’s decision to promote DIG Jaya Bahadur Chand as new Inspector General of Police, the government has, however, not appointed a new IGP. “The government should already have appointed a new IGP after the Supreme Court ruling.

GGMC Chair also said the panel also wanted to know from the prime minister why there were confusing statements on local polls. “Everybody, including political parties, people and the Election Commission wants local polls held in one phase, yet we hear confusing statements about the polls with some saying that the local polls would be held in two phases,” he said and added that the panel would like to know from the PM why the government was not dispelling doubts about local polls.

Rathaur also said that although the PM told the Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament yesterday that he was committed to recover capital gains tax on the Ncell deal, GGMC still wanted to know the PM’s views on the matter as it was under the GGMC’s jurisdiction.