Govt appoints new NEA board members

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Dec 20, 2016-

The government on Monday appointed three new members to the board of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) immediately after sacking three board members on charges of obstructing reform process initiated by the state-owned power utility. 

According to the Ministry of Energy, Bhakta Bahadur Pun of Rukum, Chetraj Joshi of Bajura and Umesh Prasad Thani of Surkhet have been appointed as the new NEA board members. Pun represents consumers on the board, while Joshi and Thani are engineers and were appointed under the quota allocated for specialists. Earlier on Monday, Energy Ministry Janardan Sharma had sacked three NEA board members--Manoj Kumar Mishra, Laxman Prasad Agrawal and Suraj Lamichhane--for not cooperating with NEA Managing Director Kulman Ghising, who has taken measures to reform the NEA. Ghising is credited for rid Kathmandu Valley of hours-long power cuts. The board members were sacked after written clarifications submitted by them last week were deemed unsatisfactory, according to Gokarna Raj Pantha, deputy spokesperson for the ministry. 

Published: 20-12-2016 08:00

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