Nepal Army wants CoAS in security council

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 20, 2015-

After President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, the Nepal Army on Monday submitted its suggestions on the draft constitution to Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Nembang with reservation in the various provisions.

In its suggestions, the Army has demanded Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) be included as a member of National Security Council--the authority that mobilises and controls the Army. Expressing its dissatisfaction at not having its representation in the council, the Army has claimed that the new constitution should have the same provision as in the Constitution of Nepal 1990 which ensured the CoAS representation as an ex-office member in the council. 

The draft constitution envisions a five-member council under the prime minister, with defence, home, finance and foreign ministers as other members with no place for the CoAS. Similarly, the Army has different take on other provisions like allowing Public Service Commission (PSC) for the recruitment of the Army Staffs and authorising Commission for the Investigation of the Abuse of Authority (CIAA) to investigate graft charges against retired Army personnel.

It has claimed that since decisions on the recruitment, appointment and promotion of army personnel are made through the Nepal Army Act in a competitive way, it is not necessary to involve the PSC in the process. 

Stressing that those involved in corruption can be booked under the Army Act, the Army said authorising the CIAA for further investigation would not be required, claiming that taking action against the same person twice would violate the principle of natural justice.

A provision in the preliminary draft authorises the CIAA to investigate into cases concerning corruption or abuse of authority against retired army personnel.

Published: 21-07-2015 07:57

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