KATHMANDU — Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has directed the Department of Immigration and its subordinate bodies to immediately run reforms to wipe out their shortcomings.
Issuing directives to the DoI staffers after observing the Department today, Minister Thapa said the Department should work to wipe out complaints about some staffers indulging in illegal activities.
“As it (immigration) is a matter related to security of the country, it should be taken seriously,” he said.
Reforms of this sector will improve security as well as stability of the country, the Home Minister said while pledging all required support from the Ministry is making DoI in par with that of developed countries in the next five years.
“Perform the way you would want the immigration to treat you after you retire,” he told the employees.
On the occasion, Home Minister Secretary Mohan Krishna Sapkota and Director General of the Department of Immigration Dipak Karki apprised Minister Thapa about the state of affairs and functioning of the Department.Follow @gorkhapost
Cabs face music for non-compliance with meter rule
KATHMANDU — Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has broadened its action against taxis unwilling to operate on metre reading.
The traffic police will make monitoring extensive following an outpouring of grievances against the taxicabs from the commuters.
MTPD’s Joint Spokesperson Mukunda Marasini said the authorities have been taking action against 50 to 70 taxis on a daily basis for not complying with the rule to follow metre reading when charging fare.
“Earlier, around 15 to 20 taxis fell under the action, but now our action has intensified,” he said urging the commuters to dial 103 to inform against any cabbies unwilling to travel on metre reading.
The MTPD has been charging fine ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 to cabbies violating the rule. Spokesperson Marasini added that 30 police officers have been deployed in the streets of Kathmandu to monitor the taxis.
Around 4,000 taxis have already faced legal charges at the hands of MTPD in the ongoing fiscal year for non-compliance.Follow @gorkhapost