Cabinet scraps recommendations of 14 ambassadors
The government's decision to cancel the appointment of 14 of the 22 ambassadors has snatched away sleep of those who were recommended for the appointment after paying a huge amount of money to the party leaders. The previous government led by K.P. Oli had recommended 22 names for their appointment in different countries and missions abroad in April. Of them only eight were career diplomats while fourteen nominees were from the political background loyal to the then ruling parties. The new government withdrew the 14 recommended names on the 44th day of their nomination and the next day the parliamentary hearings of the eight concluded. It was rumoured that a few of the nominees had paid from Rs 3 million to Rs 10 million to the party leaders to become ambassadors. Now they have lost both the money and chance to become the ambassadors though those who were appointed in the recommendation of the CPN-Maoist centre are likely to be recommended again for the same. However, six individuals appointed in the recommendation of the UML will not get such a chance. Indeed, it is a bad practice to appoint party activists as ambassadors and these party activists do no good to strengthen diplomatic ties as they lack required skills. Again ambassadors with political background are often withdrawn once the government is changed in Singh Durbar. Withdrawal of Deep Kumar Upadhayay from New Delhi a few months back is a testimony to this and Upadhayay's illtimed withdrawal prompted the cancellation of the 14 recommended names as NC was not happy the way the UML-led government withdrew Upadhayay accusing him of hatching a conspiracy against former Prime Minister K P Oli. The UML led government had recommended former foreign minister Mahendra Bahadur Pande as Nepal's ambassador to China. Other recommended names from the UML were Dr Khadga Bahadur KC, Dr Narad Bharadwaj, Dr Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe, Ali Aktar Mikrani and Yuba Raj Karki. Likewise, Prof Dr Mahendra Prasad Singh Rajput, Padam Sundas, Lucky Sherpa and Yuba Nath Lamsal were recommended in the quota of the CPN-Maoist Centre. Lamsal is the chief editor of The Rising Nepal who is getting compulsory retirement on coming Monday. Niranjan Kumar Thapa and Bharat Bahadur Rayamajhi were recommended from RPP-Nepal while Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum has recommended Sharmila Parajuli, a manpower agency operator and RPP has recommended Khagendra Basnyat. Now many of these recommended individuals will be losing both money and chance to become ambassadors.