Secys told to implement CIAA directives

KATHMANDU, AUG 27 – Chief Secretary Lila Mani Poudel on Sunday urged secretaries of various ministries to follow directives and suggestions issued by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) in a timely fashion.

At an interaction organised by the CIAA, “Role of CIAA in Corruption Control,” the chief secretary asked the secretaries to work effectively to crack down on corruption in absence of a commissioner at the anti-graft body.

Poudel appreciated the rigorous work done by the CIAA to control corruption despite the government’s failure to appoint commissioners for the last five years. He also urged the government to appoint commissioners at the earliest to corruption controlling mechanisms, including the CIAA and the Office of the Auditor General. “These constitutional bodies have done a great job even in absence of commissioners, but we have to make appointments to these bodies as soon as possible,” said Poudel.

At the programme, Poudel also said that officials have to be dutiful with their responsibilities to discard irregularities. “We cannot just blame politics, rather we have to point out individual weaknesses. We have to establish a network to identify corruption and control it.”

Almost all the secretaries attending the interaction stressed holding local elections to minimise corruption in local bodies.

Echoing Poudel, CIAA Secretary Bhagwati Kumar Kafle, who is heading the constitutional anti-graft body in the absence of a commissioner, said that concerned secretaries should help the CIAA and support its activities by implementing its decisions and sending feedback on a regular basis.

CIAA Spokesperson Ishwori Prasad Paudyal also presented a paper enumerating the activities carried out by the commission to minimise corruption.ekantipur

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