MoHA assesses challenges facing administration

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 3, 2014-

The Ministry of Home Affairs has assessed challenges facing some of its core functions and suggested reforms to strengthen the home administration.

The ministry in a recent report has enlisted ten major challenges, including maintenance of peace and security and crime investigation, immigration and refugee management, prison management, traffic management and controlling drug trafficking. It has pointed out the use of small arms, lack of control over the organised crime like human trafficking, gold smuggling and rise in cyber-crime as the main hurdles in maintaining law and order.

The report, based on recommendations of different regional and national workshops, states that crime investigations have been affected due to the lack of adequate laboratories for testing and evaluation of the proofs. The trend of holding strikes and bandhas to press demands has also been seen as a challenge facing the home administration. “The trend of using Nepal as a transit point by the fake passport holders to enter third country is increasing,” the report states, pointing to lack of proper monitoring of foreigners holding tourist visas despite being in different professions.

It has also raised concerns over unwanted activities by the refugees, lack of information sharing between various agencies dealing with foreigners. The report says the efforts to curb marijuana and opium farming have largely been ineffective in rural areas due to the lack of resources and manpower.  

It has blamed lack of recruitment in Armed Police Force for problems in proper regulating the boarders and setting up required check-posts in the border areas. It has called for an improved coordination between local people and security officials for the proper management of the boarder areas. “There has been problem in service delivery in the lack of proper resources and traditional way of functioning,” reads the report, stating that only Chief District Officer is charged to function as a law-implementing officer without proper authority in monitoring and evaluation of the development works.

It also attributed low awareness among police officials on the human rights issues for poor results in decreasing the number of human rights violation issues.

Published: 04-11-2014 08:59

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