Minister Basnet Issues Directive: Emphasizes Employee Focus on Key Priorities

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Kathmandu: Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Shakti Bahadur Basnet has instructed the employees at the ministry and subordinate bodies to not be busy in works elsewhere leaving the important works of the government and the ministry.

Addressing the meeting of the high officials of the ministry and bodies under it at the Ministry today, he urged the employees to carry out the works of the people in an effective way and create a situation wherein there are no complaints regarding the works.

“Please busy yourselves in the ministry’s works and stop the unnecessary meetings,” Minister Basnet told the officials. He called on the high officials to give the objective information regarding problems in terms of policy, legal and structural aspects, stressing that results could be achieved if all the entities under the ministry worked sincerely.

Stating that Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachnada’ has already started the trend of coming to his office regularly sharp at 10 am and taking up the office works, he instructed the ministry officials to also do the same.

The Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister directed the bodies under the ministry to present a clear-cut outline of policy reforms that have to be carried out to resolve the problems encountered in the development-construction works, the kind of decisions that have to be taken regarding use of forest areas and the complexities seen in the use of land and in the construction of transmission lines.

He urged the high-officials of the ministry to forward the process if it is required to even amend the Acts.

Energy Secretary Gopal Sigdel, Irrigation Secretary Sushil Chandra Tiwari and Secretary at the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat Sarita Duwadi expressed the commitment to carry out works by improving the work style, calling upon all the employees to do the same and have others follow it.

Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) Managing director Kulman Ghising complained that although it has been long time since NEA send to the Finance Ministry the proposal for recruiting employees required for NEA for its approval, it has not been approved yet. He said he NEA is in need of nearly 4,000 electrical engineers.

Ghising also shared that problems have been seen in the selection of contractors due to the working procedures prepared by the Public Procurement Monitoring Office under the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

Electricity Development Department director-general Chiranjivi Chataut requested for resolving the problem related to ensuring the resources for the Budhiganga Hydroelectricity Project. He said there is need of taking appropriate decision immediately as problem has been encountered in moving forward the project due to the land ceiling.

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