‘CDOs are not answerable to state government’

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, SURKHET

Dec 27, 2018-

Minister of Forest and Environment Shakti Basnet on Wednesday said the Chief District Officers (CDO) could not be subordinated under the Provincial governments due to the constitutional compulsion.

Speaking to the journalists in Surkhet, Minister Basnet said, “The new constitution has granted a partial judicial authority to the CDOs. The CDOs are compelled to look into the cases where the government is the plaintiff (badi).”

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) had recently delegated some of its power to 33 chief district officers from the seven provinces to receive complaints on financial irregularities and corruption, and carry out preliminary investigation.

The CIAA had delegated the powers to the CDOs under Sub-Article (5) of Article

239 of the constitution, which states that the CIAA may authorise the CDOs to receive complaints and conduct preliminary investigation into irregularities and corruption.

Currently, the CDOs are looking into complaints on gambling, arms and ammunition, and public offence.

Minister Basnet said the CDOs have to coordinate with the provincial government regarding the issues of administration and peace and security.

Published: 27-12-2018 08:48

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