PHSC starts collecting complaints against recommended ambassadors
Kathmandu, Sept. 7:The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC) Tuesday called upon the public to register complaints against proposed Nepalese ambassadors for the two neighboring countries –India and China. A meeting of the Parliamentary Committee held at Singha Durbar decided to ask the common people and concerned stakeholders for registering complaints against newly recommended ambassadors Deep Kumar Upadhyay and Lilamani Paudyal for India and China respectively.
A Cabinet meeting had, on September 1, taken decision to recommend Nepali Congress leader Upadhyay for the southern neighbor and former Chief Secretary Paudyal for the northern neighbor.
Upadhyay, who had been appointed ambassador to India during the Sushil Koirala-led government, was recalled by the previous KP Oli-led government.
The PHSC has allocated ten days for the registration of complaints effective from Wednesday. Complainants can file their objections through email, telephone, fax or directly register at the Secretariat of the Committee.
“The committee decided to collect complaints from Wednesday,” Secretary at the PHSC Dhruba Prasad Ghimire stated.
As per the parliamentary provisions, parliamentary hearing on the recommended ambassadors will follow deliberations with complainants. Appointment process will move ahead only after the hearing approved the recommendation.
Meanwhile, the main opposition CPN-UML took exception to recommendation of Upadhyay again for the post of ambassador to India.
Speaking at the PHSC meeting, UML chief whip Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal said that the recommendation of Upadhyay, who was called back by the previous government, was wrong.
“Recommending former ambassador Upadhyay, who was called back by the erstwhile government, again for India is immoral. The decision will create problem in future.” Dhakal added.
Stating that it was not good decision to recommend the same person, who had been recalled by the previous government, accusing him of being incompetent, Dhakal maintained that the government move compelled the opposition party to doubt the government’s diplomacy.
Meanwhile, RSS adds: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has appointed Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi to the post of the Nepali Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Joint-secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Subedi was appointed the Nepali Ambassador to the UK on the recommendation of the Council of Ministers and in accordance with Article 282 (1) of the Constitution of Nepal, according to Office of the President. Subedi holds a doctorate degree in ‘Foreign policy and diplomacy of modern Nepal’.