Kathmandu, August 15
The Nepal government says it has appointed Sushil Gyewali as the Chief Executive Officer of National Reconstruction Authority, the government body authorised to supervise and lead post-earthquake reconstruction activities.
Gyewali has already served as the CEO of the Authority. Then Nepali Congress-Maoist Centre coalition government had removed Gyewali from the position in January 2017 accusing him of underperformance. Gyewali was said to be close to then main opposition CPN-UML.
Then, the government appointed former Vice Chairman of National Planning Commission, Govinda Raj Pokharel to the position. Pokharel, however, resigned to contest parliament elections. Therefore, former Secretary Yubaraj Bhusal, also a relative of Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Paudel, was appointed to the position in October 2017.
The incumbent KP Sharma Oli-led government had sacked Bhusal among others claiming all political appointments made by Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government after August 30 were against the election code of conduct.
A Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday night made the appointment.