Ghising back to NEA? Shakya says he’s not told to resign but is ready to get a new role

L-R: Hitendra Dev Shakya, and Kul Man Ghising

Kathmandu, August 4

Amid reports that Energy Minister Pampha Bhusal told Nepal Electricity Authority Managing Director Hitendra Dev Shakya to resign, Shakya says he has not faced such a directive or request.

He says he is ready to get a new role if the government decides so but clarifies he does not want to be sacked as a punishment.

Previous reports had said the government was removing Shakya from the chief executive position of the power authority as Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba wanted to bring back his predecessor Kul Man Ghising to the role.

Ghising, who served the government-run power distribution monopoly for four years, had retired in September 2020 as the KP Sharma Oli-led government did not reappoint him despite a wide demand. He is credited for ending the hours-long daily power outage in the country.

In a press conference in Kathmandu on Wednesday, Shakya said the minister just asked him about his wishes for the next roles, but she did not tell him to quit.

Shakya warned he would launch a legal battle if the government removed him without giving him any respectful role.

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