KATHMANDU, APR 28 -
An investigation of the National Vigilance Centre has concluded that Nathu Prasad Chaudhary, Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative has committed serious administrative lapses.
The 23 page report prepared by the NVC team states that Chaudhary violated the formal procedure before flying aboard, abused his authority and promoted irregularities in promoting and transferring officials at the ministry.
The report prepared by the NVC team has also recommended the Office of the Prime Minister to take legal action against Chaudhary for his fault. "We found serious administrative lapses over the allegation filed against him [secretary]," said a source close to the NVC.
The anti-graft body was assigned to investigate into his move to go on foreign trip without prior approval from the PMO, promoting irregularities in supplying chemical fertilizers, distributing seeds and appointing chief of the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Marker Development Board.
Several complaints were lodged at the PMO citing that Secretary Chaudhary had frequently gone on foreign visits without approval and allowed his juniors to follow his footstep. Chaudhary had left for Australia to attend a workshop on bird flue as the leader of the ministry. Following the complaints, PMO has asked the NVC Secretary Suresh Man Shrestha to submit the report probing into allegation imposed against Chaudhary. Later a three-member investigation team head by the Joint-secretary Shyam Raj Khanal was formed to look into the matters.
After two weeks investigation the NVC has prepared the report and it will be submitted to the PMO on Sunday, according to sources.
Posted on: 2012-04-28 02:40