Govt gives second chance to Sushil Gyewali

KATHMANDU: The government on Thursday sought the second clarification from National Reconstruction Authority Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyewali citing his first clarification was unsatisfactory.

Gyewali has been given 24 hours to furnish the explanation.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers dismissed media reports which claimed that Gyewali was already relieved of his position.

A secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers said he was not removed, but just asked to furnish the second clarification.

The government would decide on whether to continue him in the top job only after studying his second clarification, according to the official.

It has been learned that the Cabinet meeting held this morning, however, had agreed in principle to sack him.

The Prime Minister has been entrusted with making a decision on the issue, according to the sources.

Furnishing a 12-page clarification on Wednesday, he had told the government that there was not any ground behind the charge that his performance was inefficient.

The government on December 29 had sought an explanation from the official expressing dissatisfaction with his performance in the post-quake reconstruction front.

It was reported that the government had sought the clarification as the first step in its bid to relieve him of the powerful position.

Gyewali was appointed by the erstwhile KP Sharma Oli-led coalition government in December 2015.

(With inputs from the Rastriya Samachar Samiti)