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TI Nepal concerned over govt’s move to provide lifelong facilities to former VIPs

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TI Nepal concerned over govt's move to provide lifelong facilities to former VIPs
TI Nepal concerned over govt's move to provide lifelong facilities to former VIPs

Kathmandu, 14 December 2015: The Transparency International (TI) Nepal has stated its serious attention was drawn to the news carried by the media that the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers has directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to bring a proposal regarding providing life-long facilities to the former President, the former Vice President, the former Prime Ministers, former Chief Justice and the former Speaker.

The TI-Nepal, in a press release on Sunday, said the move by the government to provide the lifelong facilities as vehicles, fuel, chauffer and expenses for their private secretariat to the former VIPs was ill-timed and insensitive as the country’s economy was very weak due to the undeclared border blockade and the April 25 devastating Gorkha Earthquake, and when the people are in great suffering.

It said that provision of such lifetime facilities to the former VIP’s would entail a large amount of expenses from the state coffers and most of the people who are included in the list of individuals to receive facilities from the State are either drawing pension or are holding political offices.

In this context, the TI Nepal urges the Government of Nepal to be serious on the issue and strongly calls on it to put on hold the decision regarding providing services and facilities beyond the means of the State that has been currently proposed, keeping the national welfare above the vested interests.

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