ITAHARI — The office of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has seized all documents of the Itahari sub-metropolis related to procurement of CFL bulb sets acting on a complaint of corruption of over Rs 6 million in the deal.
The Procurement Section of the Sub-Metropolis had purchased CFL bulbs and its sets worth Rs 9.7 million during the period from mid-July to 24 October 2017.
The anti-graft body came up with the action being based on a complaint that the sub-metropolis was involved in the corruption of millions of rupees in collaboration with traders while purchasing CFL bulbs and sets.
It came to light that no bidding process was followed in the procurement of the bulbs and sets.
CIAA has started investigation into the corruption scam that occurred immediately after the newly-elected people’s representatives were in place.
It is shared that the elected people’s representatives, office-bearers of Chamber of Commerce and employees of the sub-metropolis were also involved in the CFL bulb procurement scam.Follow @gorkhapost
PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted
KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.
Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.
The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.
The newly ministers are as follows :
Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation
CPN Maoist Centre
Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet, had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.Follow @gorkhapost