THT 10 years ago: Govt sacks heads of 12 entities

Kathmandu, May 10, 2006

No sooner the cabinet decided to annul all political appointments than the ministry of industry, commerce and supplies (MoICS) today sacked general managers and executive directors of 12 stateowned corporations and development committees under the ministry.

Punya Prasad Neupane, spokesperson for MoICS, told this daily that the ministry acted upon the Cabinet’s decision to annul the posts held by the political appointees with immediate effect. MoICS today sent letters to those who have been sacked asking to quit the post immediately.

The ministry has also deputed the senior-most officials at the same office to carry out daily functions till the next decision.

The Cabinet meeting on Sunday had decided to annul all the political appointments in corporations and semi-government organisations made by different governments since October 4, 2002.

Those sacked include general managers Deepak Giri of Janakpur Cigarette Factory, Ramesh Kumar Aryal of Hetauda Cement Factory, Rajani Shrestha of Royal Drugs Ltd, Krishna Bhakta Bista of Nepal Food Corporation, Rishavdev Sharma Bhattarai of National Trading Ltd and Bishnu Das Dangol of Nepal Transit and Godown Management Company Ltd. Chairman Ishwar Lal Shrestha and executive director Rajeshwor Prasad Pant of Cottage and Small Industry Development Board, chairman Ramakant Mainali and general manager Janak Bahadur Karki of Industrial District Management Ltd have also been sacked.

Women do 70 pc of work in dairy farming: Survey

Kathmandu, May 10, 2006

Women do 70 per cent of work related to dairy production, though only 10 per cent of milk products are sold officially, states a research conducted in 10 districts of the western development region in 2004-05 by the Gender and Equity Environment Division (GEED) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

Women’s engagement in dairy farming has improved living standard of their families, led to increased investment in children’s education and improvement in health of family members.

Another research conducted by the GEED in 42 districts and 158 farmers’ groups  men’s groups, women’s groups and mixed groups  in 2004-05 says though women and men have equal access to resources and revenues generated from agricultural products, women have less access in handling these resources.

Compared to men, women have almost no access to new technologies related to their occupation, the report says.

Only eight per cent of women from women’s groups and eight per cent of women from the mixed groups have access to new technologies.

The women’s groups have also developed the trend of collecting welfare funds.