EC seeks 24-hour clarifications from Tourism Minister over DG Transfer

The Election Commission (EC) has sought clarifications within 24 hours from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) over its decision to transfer Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Mr. Sanjiv Gautam back to the ministry without any confabulate with the EC.

According to a Press Statement issued by the EC on Thursday, a meeting led by the Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Ayodhee Prasad Yadav was called on Thursday at EC and the commission has exhort 24 hours for MoTCA Minister Mr. Jitendra Narayan Dev to furnish clarifications of receiving the EC’s letter.

The EC has also stated that the decision of Ministry’s decision to turf CAAN DG was without any accord with the Election Commission. The Election Body has termed the MoCTCA’s decision a violation of the election code of conduct. The EC, according to the statement, has asked why it should not take action against those involved in transferring DG Gautam to the ministry without its prior consent. The ministry has been asked to furnish clarifications over the decision within 24 hours of receiving the EC’s letter.

Earlier on September 26, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN’s) Director General Sanjeev Gautam was directed by the Ministry to stop attending the office and be present at the ministry every day to review the Aviation Policy, formulate strategies for effective implementation of national pride projects, among others.

Mr. Sanjiv Gautam was allotted in the seat of Director General of CAAN in May 2015. During the tenure, Gautam is attributed by the country’s aviation sector removed from International Civil Aviation Organization’s list of significant safety concerns, an airlines representative recounted.


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