Foreign Ministry yet to clear arrears of Rs 250m

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Foreign Ministry yet to clear arrears of Rs 250m

Apr 15, 2015-

The Foreign Ministry has not cleared the arrears amounting more than Rs 250 million which is overdue since 1997, according to the annual report of the Auditor’s General Office.

The ministry has failed to manage the procurement system despite repeated request from the office. Eleven Nepali missions abroad spent Rs 40.64 million on direct purchase of vehicles, the report mentioned. “The ministry needs to manage such kind of practices overruling the public procurement process.”

The report also raises question over discrepancies in prices of rented houses and chancery buildings abroad, urging the ministry to prioritise uniformity.

“Twenty-five missions have over-spent Rs 30.7 million without taking prior consent from the ministry. Another 10 missions have over-spent 6 to 208 percent bills in telephone, most of them were private calls. But ministry did not take any initiative to reimburse the money,” according to the report.

Similarly, several missions failed to submit revenue on time while misappropriations of insurance and health expenditure amount released for Nepali staff based in foreign missions were not controlled.

Nepali staff posted in Qatar and Myanmar-based missions also received stipend for their family members who were not there, the report said, adding that Rs 80.46 million was released as stipend to the family members of Nepali staff in 32 missions.

Eight ambassadors, according to the report, have incurred liabilities to the sate worth over Rs 5.5 million by overstaying in their missions after completing their terms.

Published: 16-04-2015 09:50

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