KATHMANDU, Nov 29: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has on Tuesday directed the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) to not implement the decision taken by the officiating managing director to transfer and promote employees.
Officiating Managing Director Rameshwar Yadav has transferred over 70 staffers including some senior officers.
“We have taken up the issue as acting managing director, who is set to retire in one-and-a -half months, has been making massive transfers and promotions. We have directed the NEA not to implement the decisions until we complete our investigations,” Acting Chief of CIAA Bhagawati Kafle said.
The NEA staffers had padlocked the office of the managing director and administration section on Tuesday protesting the transfers made by Yadav.
The CIAA has also ordered Secretary at the Ministry of Energy, who is the ex-officio NEA Chairman, to direct NEA to not make payments for unnecessary purchases Yadav made as the head of Distribution and Consumer Services in the past. The CIAA in its letter sent to NEA and energy ministry has asked them to make payments only after seeking the permission of the board.
The CIAA has similarly directed the energy ministry to immediately initiate the process of hiring its managing director through free-competition. The cabinet has already directed the ministry to hire its head through free competition but the ministry has not sought applications till date, CIAA points.
“The process of publishing advertisement has been delayed as we are working to authorize the managing director to give performance contracts to general managers to make them accountable,” Secretary at the Ministry of Energy Balananda Poudel said. “We will announce vacancy within the next three days,” Poudel assured.
Published on 2011-11-29 21:52:34