Govt to take action against NOC MD Khadka

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, Sept.13: The Ministry of Supplies has finally decided to take action against the Managing Director Gopal Khadka of Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) for his involvement in the land procurement scam.
Secretary Krishna Prasad Devkota, who is also the chairman of the NOC Board of Directors, took the decision and recommended Minister for Supplies Shiva Kumar Mandal to take action against Khadka.
A sub-committee constituted by the Industry, Commerce and Consumer Welfare Committee of the Legislature-Parliament has found Khadka guilty in the purchase of land plots for the NOC to increase its fuel storage capacity.
“Corruption has been committed at the institutional level, and MD Khadka has been found involved in it,” said the parliamentary committee.
The Ministry of Supplies has submitted the report prepared by the committee formed under the coordination of the Supplies Secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council Ministers for action against the guilty involved in the land purchasing scam, Minister of Supplies Mandal told The Rising Nepal.
“I have not seen the details of the report on the issues so far because I was outside the Kathmandu Valley. I just arrived in Kathmandu. I cannot say much in detail. But the government will take action against the guilty,” he said.
“During conversation with the secretary I told him to note down the facts in the land procurement scandal, and nobody should escape action,” he said.
He said that the Chief Secretary would present the report in the Cabinet for action as it has the right to take any action against him.
The NOC had purchased land plots in Jhapa, Sarlahi, Chitwan and Rupandehi districts for building storage facilities enough to store petroleum products to meet three months’ demand in the country.
A report prepared by the sub-committee after carrying out an on-site study of the land plots stated that the government employees, NOC officials and those of the land revenue offices and the local ward offices in the districts were found involved in this shady land purchase deal.
The purchase was made exceeding the limit approved by the Board of Directors of the NOC.

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