Agriculture Ministry decides ‘not to punish contractor failing to import fertiliser’

File: Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development

Kathmandu, January 18

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development has recently decided not to take action against a company even though it failed to import fertiliser as committed, it has been revealed.

“A meeting of the ministry officials led by Secretary Yogendra Bahadur Karki on December 29, 2020, decided not to take action against Muktinath Agriculture Company Limited, it instead decided to extend the deadline indefinitely,” according to a source inside the ministry.

The decision was taken days after the then minister Ghana Shyam Bhusal resigned. Bhusal had reportedly taken a stance for action against the company.

It has been learned that a representative of the company was also present in the meeting that decided against the action against the company.

Based on this precedent, the ministry is planning to spare other companies such as Sharada Prasad Adhikari’s Shailung from the action, according to sources.

Muktinath Agriculture Company’s chairman Bharat Raj Dhakal says it is true that the ministry decided not to take action against his company. He further claims the deadline was extended owing to the Covid-19 crisis.

Meanwhile, Secretary Karki and the ministry’s spokesperson Shree Ram Ghimire have said they are unaware of the decision.

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