Facilitate PLA integration
In the last few days, Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala has been actively critical of the government and of the role the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has played. Presenting himself as the sole defender of democracy, he has come down heavily on Maoist leaders. Now, he is against integration of the PLA soldiers, though he was himself a signatory to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, during his visit to Nepal, stated that PLA soldiers integrated into the Nepal Army would be allowed to serve as UN peacekeepers. Is that not the best solution for the management of PLA soldiers? The NC should facilitate the process of army integration instead of creating hurdles.
Adarsha Tuladhar, via e-mail
This is in reference to the news report “Maoist cadres ‘threaten’ farmer to pay tax” (THT, Nov 3). Even as the government is set to integrate the Maoist soldiers into the Nepal Army (NA), some activities of criminal nature by YCL cadres raise concern. The Maoists do not have any excuse for not being able to maintain law and order, especially after being in the government for several weeks now. The Maoists should pay greater attention to filfilling the pledges they made to the people during the CA polls.
Amol Acharya, via e-mail
This refers to the news report “CIAA directs regional administrators to curb corruption” (THT, Oct 3). I do not see government taking any significant measures to control corruption but a mere continuation of the window-dressing approach of the past that has instead encouraged corruption for decades now. It is a long time since Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri indicated the absence of effective laws against corrupt practices. As suggested by Giri, the government should urgently bring effective laws to eradicate corruption in all government bodies.
Rabi Manandhar, via e-mail
The FNCCI has threatened to close down all the industries if the government does not immediately address their demand to bring an end to extortions and abductions from
criminal groups. The present state of industries does not encourage optimism in the country, though the government purports to have come with plans for economic revolution. As the impact of global economic crisis is likely to hit countries where Nepalis are exported for employment in low-paid jobs, remittances may alone not be enough to sustain Nepal’s economy. The government, instead of paying lip-service, should introduce stringent measures,
including laws that prohibit strikes in industrial areas.
V P Sayami, Kathmandu
Apropos of the news report “Koshi flood-hit launch agitation” (THT, Nov 3), even as donations worth many millions of rupees poured in, the flood victims are still living miserable lives. The government must provide reasonable compensation for the loss the victims have suffered, and also offer a waiver on bank loans.
Ramesh Yadav, Sunsari