LETTERS

Dr Giri should resign

These days the media has been focusing on the news regarding the blacklisting of the Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Dr Tulsi Giri, by Nepal Bank Limited. Nepali commercial banks are suffering from bad debts due to many wilful defaulters. It has been proved that there is a large number of such defaulters in Nepal, and this has severely affected the performance of these banks. Two state-owned commercial banks have already handed over their management to foreign companies for the improvement of their performances. In regard to the blacklisting of Dr Giri, the argument he put forth that the Bank did not inform him of the case seems unjustifiable. He left the country after taking the loans. Being the chairman of the company he took the loan for, he should be responsible for the repayment of all the dues. As per the law, any borrower should know about his debt, and in case he fails

to return the money he can be penalised. Defaulters should not be left to go scot-free. If the

government is committed to recovering the loans and reducing the number of wilful defaulters, then Dr Giri must resign from his post immediately on moral grounds.

Raj Rai, Dhapasi

Update

The news “X-rays in few hospitals could be risky” published in THT on June 14 caught my attention. The news highlighted the poor condition of many diagnostic and therapeutic departments throughout the country. This is unfortunate. There are only a limited number of imaging departments at district level where fluoroscopy is carried out, and the doctors rely on the conventional X-ray machines. Inferior equipment, leakage radiation, inadequate shielding and worst of all unskilled workers have made the situation worse. The improvement and safety measures have to start from the grassroots level. Is there a body to check optimum parameters of X-ray machines in Nepal? Are the machines registered? What is the medico-legal aspect related to negligence in radiological processes? Such are the questions that the authorities must address. Any delay in this regard is going to cost the nation dearly.

Yogesh Jha, B P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

Dilemma

Those people who purchased the pre-paid sim cards from the Nepal Telecom are confused since there is no hope of these cards being brought to use any more. After the resumption of 45,000 post-paid lines sometime back, the authorities are mum over the resumption of the pre-paid lines. The bills for land lines, internet and post-paid mobiles are paid after the use of the facilities, but that is not the case for the pre-paid ones for which the money is paid in advance. This means that many people with pre-paid lines have lost their money in the middle of the whole political fiasco. It is only sad that we have not been able to use the

connection even after having paid for it. It is surprising that no one has approached the consumer forum or the court regarding this issue. It’s high time that the authorities gave an

explanation to the pre-paid users.

Steven William Pitts, Lazimpath