Cab­i­net scraps rec­om­men­da­tions of 14 am­bas­sadors

People's Review - - NATION - By Our Re­porter

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.

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