- Using Cabinet seats as political currency is unethical and an administrative burden
Sep 13, 2017-Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has once again increased the size of his Cabinet. With the induction of three ministers and one state minister, the size of the Council of Ministers now stands at a monstrous 54.
With polls just around the corner, Deuba’s decision to add to the Cabinet is a clear violation of the election code of conduct. Our deal making PM has surely used this opportunity to strengthen his party’s ties with coalition partners, and strengthen his own position within the grand old party. Indeed, even the Election Commission spoke out on the issue immediately after the new appointments were announced. There are also infrastructural difficulties to contend with. Buildings within Singha Durbar sustained considerable damage after the earthquake and the 30 ministries are currently hard put to find sufficient space within the premises, even without the further expansion of Cabinet.
Furthermore, while there is no current prescribed limit to the number of Cabinet members, Article 76 of the Constitution, prohibiting a Cabinet with more than 25 members will come into effect after the upcoming federal elections. With only 25 positions to spare, allocating ministerial positions in a coalition government will present considerable issues, especially considering this current trend of awarding ministerial positions to MPs who back the coalition.
Published: 13-09-2017 07:48