Mis­use of Rs.3.88 bil­lion in wide-body planes deal

People's Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Our Re­porter

The sub-com­mit­tee formed by the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC) of the Par­lia­ment has con­cluded mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of Rs 3.88 bil­lion while pur­chas­ing the wide-body air­craft. The PAC had formed the sub-com­mit­tee to probe into the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the pro­cure­ment of the two wide-body air­craft.

The sub-com­mit­tee also rec­om­mended the gov­ern­ment to im­me­di­ately sus­pend Gen­eral Man­ager of the Nepal Air­lines Cor­po­ra­tion (NAC) Su­gat Ratna Kansakar. It also rec­om­mended sus­pen­sion of the NAC board.

The sub-com­mit­tee had also drawn at­ten­tion of the gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion against Civil Avi­a­tion Min­is­ter Rabindra Ad­hikari and two pre­de­ces­sors stat­ing that cor­rup­tion of such a large scale is not pos­si­ble with the in­volve­ment of just NAC staffers.

The Of­fice of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral in its 55th re­port had pointed at ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the pro­cure­ment process af­ter the NAC ini­ti­ated process for procur­ing old air­planes de­spite invit­ing bids for new ones.

The NAC had ac­quired the first wide-body plane on June 28 and the sec­ond on July 26.

The pro­cure­ment process had come un­der scan­ner af­ter it was re­vealed that the NAC pro­cured planes with max­i­mum take­off weight of 230 tons in­stead of 242 tons.

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