Sub-committee report meant to offence government

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Ishwor Pokharel speaking at a press meet claimed that the investigation report of sub-committee of Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) about irregularities in the procurement process of two wide body aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) was targeted to libel the Nepal Communist Party (NCP)-led government.

During a press meet organized by Press Organization Nepal at Pokhara, Minister Pokharel urged that the report was not prepared by experts and it is appropriate to make the report public as a court verdict.

He said that the sub-panel biased facts and added some names to insult the government. He also said that if any one found guilty then s/he will not be saved from the necessary punishments.

Pokharel admitted that the government failed to work as per the public expectation saying development activities failed to gain momentum because of delay in formulating laws.

A discussion was held in the PAC about the procurement process of two wide-body aircraft.

A new high level investigation committee has been formed by government to investigate on stated irregularities found during procurement of 2 wide-body Airbus 330 aircraft by national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).

The new committee formed after meeting of council of ministers on Thursday include former chef judge Govinda Prasad Parajuli as chairman including Chartered accountant Madan Sharma and former deputy attorney general Narendra Prasad Pathak as members.

The new committee was formed day after sub-committee of parliaments Public Account Committee (PAC) indicated involvement of top officials and ministers including current Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari in the scam and recommended to take action against those involved.

The committee is directed to provide the report within 45 days by government’s spokesperson as well as communication and technology mister Gokul Parsad Baskota.

PAC indicated involvement of Tourism minister along with 2 former minister as well as Managing Director of the corporation Sugat Ratna Kansakar along with 29 other high level officials.

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