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Province 2 CM writes to PM for prompt deployment of employees

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DHANUSHA — Mohammad Lalbabu Raut Gaddi,the Chief Minister of Province 2, has written to the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli seeking his help in deployment of government employees to the province.

CM Gaddi sent a letter to that connection to the Prime Minister on Saturday.

The Chief Minister was compelled to ask for help from the Prime Minister after many of the government employees deployed to the province by the government failed to show up at their respective assigned offices for long and that also without information.

Chief Minister Gaddi has stated in the letter to the PM that the employees deputed by the government to the province ministries and secretariats have not yet reported to work and that the province was also facing a shortage of the required means and resources.

He has also mentioned that the province government faced a shortage of human resources carrying out its works from February 14 itself when it was formed, adding that even the employees who were available did not cooperate.

Only seven out of the 27 employees deputed to the Province-2 parliament secretariat have reported to work.

Similarly, only four out of 33 employees assigned to the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure Development have reported to work. Only 10 out of the assigned 27 employees have reported to work at the Ministry of Financial Affairs and Planning.

Ministries set up at old cigarette factory complex

Meanwhile, the secretariats of the various ministries of Province-2 have been set up at the building on the premises of the Janakpur Cigarette Factory at Janakpur Sub-metropolitan City.

The ministries’ secretariats have been housed at the four-storied building of the Factory which was used as officers’ quarters.

The secretariat of the Ministry of Social Development has been set up at the first floor, the secretariat of the Ministry of Financial Affairs and Planning in the second floor, the secretariat of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law in the third floor and the secretariat of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment in the fourth floor of the building.

Works are being carried out vigorously also for arranging the ministers’ quarters and logistics management. The four quarters where the erstwhile Janakpur Cigarette Factory Limited’s senior officers used to live are being repaired and refurnished as the ministers’ quarters.

All the provincial government bodies would be housed inside the Janakpur Cigarette Factory Limited (JCFL)’s compound, The Office of the Chief Minister said.

The office and the residence of Province Chief Ratneshwar Lal Kayastha are also located inside the JCFL complex.

Chief of the Urban Development and Building Construction Office, Ganga Prasad Yadav, said works on setting up the secretariats of the seven ministries and the office and residences of the seven ministers, the chief secretary and the seven ministry secretaries has reached the final stages of completion.

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Govt decides to award Budhi Gandaki Hydel project to Chinese firm again

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KATHMANDU — The government has decided to award contract for the construction of the 1,200-megawatt Budhigandaki hydropower project, a national pride project, to China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) once again.

A Cabinet meeting on Friday has decided to award the contract for the project to CGGCL reverting the erstwhile Sher Bahadur Deuba government’s decision to develop the 1200MW project with internal resources.

The Cabinet meeting has directed the Energy Ministry to initiate the process to award the project to the Chinese company.

Following the government decision, the Energy Ministry will now invite the Chinese company for talks and prepare a draft of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) before signing it, according to multiple sources at the ministry.

As per the Cabinet decision, the ministry has been asked to hold talks with the Gezhouba, prepare a proposal, and strike a deal to execute the $2.5 billion reservoir project.

Earlier on May 15, 2017, the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government had awarded the contract to construct the Budhigandaki project to CGGCL, juat nine days before he was to resign from the PM’s post.

The Dahal-led government had awarded the contract to CGGCL at a cost of Rs 260 billion as per a study carried out by a French company, Tractebel Engineering.

The agreement, however, invited controversy as the project was handed to the Chinese company without initiating a competitive bidding process.

The Budhi Gandaki hydel project has been touted as a key project to resolve the perennial power crisis in the country. The government has allocated Rs18 billion for compensation payments and operational expenses for this fiscal year.

The Gorkha and Dhading district administration offices are currently distributing compensation to owners of the land taken over by the project.

More than 8,000 households will be affected by the project, according to the latest report.

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