The government sacked the CEO of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali on Thursday.
A cabinet meeting had sought clarification from Gyewali last week, accusing him of failing to expedite post-earthquake reconstruction works. Gyewali had submitted his clarification on Wednesday, defending his works.
The government had asked Gyewali to clarify why he failed to coordinate with government mechanisms, mobilise the NRA staff, implement the decisions of the Advisory Board and swiftly distribute housing grants.
Gyewali clarified that donors were satisfied by his coordination skills, and the NRA had signed agreements of housing grants with 477,000 families. He also clarified that his works were deemed ‘satisfactory’ by the Advisory Committee of the NRA.
A cabinet meeting on Thursday concluded that Gyewali’s clarification ‘was not satisfactory’, and asked Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to sack him. Dahal is reportedly consulting the Attorney General before sending a termination letter to him. He has hinted that he will move the court for justice. If he does that, the government cannot immediately appoint a new CEO. And post-earthquake reconstruction will be further delayed.
Gyewali was appointed by the UML government. After Oli’s ouster in August, the new NC-Maoist government wanted to replace him with someone close to them.
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