PM asks CIAA to go tough against corruption

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: Prime Minister KP Oli has asked the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) to go tough against corrupt officials so that those holding public positions would act responsibly.

Reiterating his commitment of zero tolerance against corruption, Prime Minister Oli asked the anti-graft body not to compromise on corruption saying the government has already arranged necessary legal and administrative infrastructures to tackle corruption. “

Despite having strong legal infrastructures and anti-corruption agencies in place Nepal is considered as one of the most corrupt countries in South Asia. Transparency International-Nepal’s Corruption Perception Index had placed Nepal in the 122nd position among 180 surveyed countries in 2017.

CIAA Secretary Maheshwar Neupane urged the government to amend the national laws in accordance with the UN convention. As the government delays to domesticate national laws, the anti-graft body is deprived of investigating into corruption in the judiciary, army, I/NGOs, private sector and political parties.