DPM Pokharel interferes in Home Ministry’s jurisdiction, decides number of police officials

Ishwar Pokharel

Kathmandu, November 20

Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel interfered in the jurisdiction in the Ministry of Home Affairs and decided the number of additional inspectors general and deputy inspectors general in the Nepal Police on his own without consulting the home minister, it has been revealed.

After the Ministry of Home Affairs made public the amendment to the organogram of the national police organisation on Thursday, it has been found that the government added a position of an AIG which the Nepal Police had not demanded.

Following that, Nepal Police Chief Shailesh Thapa Kshetri expressed his dissatisfaction with Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, but strangely enough, Thapa was not aware of it.

Then, he came to know that DPM Pokharel, as the chief of the administrative committee of the cabinet, not only amended the Nepal Police’s proposal that came via the Home Ministry but he also made the council of ministers endorse it without Thapa’s knowledge.

Pokharel, however, has not changed the number of additional positions at the deputy inspector general (DIG)’s level. The national police organisation had demanded five additional DIG positions, which the cabinet approved.

Currently, there are three positions of AIG and 22 of DIG in the Nepal Police. After the amendment to the organogram, there shall be four AIGs, and 27 DIGs.

Sources say DPM Pokharel made the unilateral decision of adding a position of the AIG so that he could pave ways for easy promotion of DIG Bishwa Raj Pokharel, who is his relative.

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