KATHMANDU — Department of Transport Management (DoTM) Director General Rup Narayan Bhattarai — a key person to end the transport syndicates — has been transferred to the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport.
A meeting presided over by Transport Minister Raghubir Mahaseth on May 14 had decided to call Bhattarai to the ministry. Bhattarai was accused of not cooperating with the ministry.
The transfer of Bhattarai, who had taken a hard line against the transport syndicates, has now raised serious questions about Mahaseth’s motives and also that of the government as the Oli-led government had been credited with taking a bold move for ending the transport syndicates.
According to an official at the DoTM — who said said that Bhattarai was called at the ministry under the pressure of transport entrepreneurs — Bhattarai had played an instrumental role to bring an end to the syndicate practice in the transportation sector.
Earlier too, Bhattarai was transferred under the pressure of transport entrepreneurs. Then Transport Minister Bir Bahadur Balayar had kept him at the department by giving importance to some of the important decisions made by him.
The government had scrapped all the transport bodies a month ago under the initiative of Bhattarai. DoTM under the leadership of Bhattarai had opened new vehicle route permits that were controlled by transport bodies.
Bhattarai had taken the lead in drafting nine guidelines for ending transport syndicates. The government subsequently decided to seize the assets of 300 transport entrepreneurs and terminated several route permits of the protesting transport operators.
It has been learned that Mahaseth was also unhappy with Bhattarai for expanding the service of renewing driving licenses through already existing centers. Such services were recently started from Biratnagar and Bardiya.Follow @gorkhapost
NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education
KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.
Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.
On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.
Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.
Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.Follow @gorkhapost