PM asks officials to make Saarc Summit cost public

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
PM asks officials to make Saarc Summit cost public

Dec 1, 2014-

In the backdrop of hasty infrastructure construction and fast-track tender process in the run up to the 18th Saarc Summit that concluded in the Capital last week, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has urged the ministers and officials concerned to release the details of expenditures incurred during the regional meeting.

Addressing the final meeting of the Saarc main organising committee on Monday, the PM asked all to be transparent reminding them that the government is accountable to the people. Koirala headed the committee that was dissolved on Monday.

The Good Governance Committee of Parliament summoned Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal and other senior officials in mid-November to express concerns about the hasty preparations and tenders for city beautification and other logistical preparations. The Finance Ministry is yet to make public the total cost of hosting the summit.

The meeting also decided to confer Saarc Memorial Medal to officials and security personnel contributing to the summit’s success. More than 29,000 security officials and personnel were deployed while the exact number of civil servants mobilised is yet to be ascertained.

Stating that the 18th Saarc Summit had boosted Nepal’s image in the international arena, the PM thanked all the visiting dignitaries and officials, and his colleagues, ministers, security personnel and media for the success.

He said there were doubts about the summit taking place on schedule, timely construction of infrastructure and the security situation. Koirala praised the coordinating role of Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey and security arrangements under DPM Gautam.

The PM said the experience of holding the Saarc Summit would be useful in conducting the upcoming regional summit of Bimstec in Nepal. The meeting also decided to set up a committee to look after the infrastructure and the summit venue, City Hall.

Published: 02-12-2014 09:24

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