Province 3 Principal Secretary Pandey assumes office

Hetauda, February 2

Principal Secretary Reshmiraj Pandey of Province 3 today assumed office at the Office of Chief Minister and Council of Ministers in Hetauda.

The Office of Chief Minister and Council of Ministers has been set up at the office of the then District Coordination Committee, Makawanpur.

The Cabinet meeting held on January 24 had decided to appoint Regional Administrator Pandey as principal secretary of Province 3.

After assuming office, Pandey said his office would manage seven ministries in the province immediately. He announced to make Province 3 a corruption-free zone. He directed the employees adopt zero tolerance on corruption.

He directed the secretaries and other employees to formulate policy and programmes and create environment to spend budget. He reiterated that structures of the ministries would be set up prior to the appointment of the chief minister and other ministers.

According to Dr Somnath Pandey, secretary at the Provincial Assembly of Province 3 Secretariat, the meeting slated for February 10 will elect the speaker of the Province Assembly paving the path for the election of the chief minister.

After the office of the Regional Administration was transformed into office of Province 3 Governor Anuradha Koirala and her official residence, the building of district coordination committee was vacated for the chief minister and principal secretary’s office.

Province 3 will have the Office of Chief Minister and Council of Ministers, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law, Ministry of Financial Affairs and Planning, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Tourism, Forest and Environment and Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law has been established at the District Education Office. The ministry started its work from today. The ministry will have the highest number of employees, i.e. 41. The Ministry of Financial Affairs and Planning will have 18 staffers.