KATHMANDU, May 8: The Legislature-Parliament’s State Affairs Committee (SAC) has directed the government to put on hold, for the time being, its plan for internal restructuring of the Nepal Army (NA).
A SAC meeting held in Singha Dubar on Tuesday issued a directive to this effect in the names of the prime minister and the defense minister, a day after lawmakers during a SAC meeting opposed the government plan for revamping the national army.
The House panel has maintained that, besides forging consensus at political level, there is a need to first make sure national security policy, an Office and Management (O&M) survey of the NA and army´s democratization work plan are in place.
Stating that these documents need to be studied thoroughly before any restructuring of the sensitive government bodies like army, the House panel has asked the government to submit to it the documents at the earliest and move ahead in accordance with the panel’s instruction in the direction of the NA´s restructuring.
On Monday, the SAC had invited Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to hold discussions on the government´s proposal to create vacancies of two Lieutenant Generals, six Major Generals, 10 Brigadier Generals, 14 Colonels and 50 Lieutenant Colonels as a part of the internal restructuring of the NA.
During the meeting, the PM had maintained that internal restructuring was necessary as the army´s strength had grown from 18,000 to over 92,000 in 47 years when the last restructuring was carried out.The creation of the senior positions in the army will cost the government an additional Rs 120.5 million a yearREPUBLICA