Auditor General’s Report: a Mere Formality or an Effort to Maintain Accountability?

A brief look at Nepali peoples’ perception of the Office of the Auditor General and its annual reports.

The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) can and should play the role of watchdog to control irregularities in the government entities. The OAG should make its auditing system more effective so that it can reveal all malpractices in the government agencies. It’s reports should be available widely and understandable by a layman.

By Siromani Dhungana
UWB

The Office of the Auditor General in Nepal states is vision as the following:

“An Independent, efficient and effective audit institution to promote good governance.” Similarly, its mission is to “provide quality audit service to the nation for the efficient management of public resources.”

Efficient management of public resources, however, has always been in question. Effective implementation of the Auditor General’s report is a must for government accountability but that is not happening. The Auditor-General in Nepal is the auditor of more than four thousand public entities, including government departments, local authorities and their subsidiaries, security forces, licensing trusts, community boards and others. Recently, the OAG submitted its 50th annual report. The office claims that the report covers number of areas of audit concerns in the management of public funds. Continue reading Auditor General’s Report: a Mere Formality or an Effort to Maintain Accountability?

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The Vijay Kumar Article: पद र पहिचानबीचको महान् अन्तर

Why the case against Vijay Kumar & Kantipur is not about the dress code & is about intimidation of media

Vijay Kumar Panday
Vijay Kumar

THTA contempt of court charge has been registered at the Supreme Court (SC) against columnist Bijaya Kumar Pandey, editor-in-chief Sudhir Sharma and Managing Director Kailash Sirohiya of Kantipur Daily on Monday alleging that an article written by Pandey that was published in the daily made mockery of the SC.

Advocate Anjan Kumar Pokhrel registered the petition at the SC claiming that the recent article of Pandey tried to scandalise the independent judiciary. Advocate Pokhrel, in his writ has accused Pandey of contempt of court for his comments on the judiciary and judges regarding the recent disputes on dress code at the SC. Earlier, a week ago a Kantipur correspondent was barred to visit the courtrooms citing his informal dress. The advocate has demanded one year imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fines from the defendants in his writ.

Vijay Kumar’s article titled “pad ra pahichan bichko antar” was published on the Saturday issue of Kantipur where he writes a fortnightly column called “aadi/ityadi”. In the article Vijay Kumar states: Known and unknown judges including Biswonathji [former Chief Justice], once seated in their chairs of justices, would see nothing but justice. These days, I hear, some judges see nothing but t-shirts with prints and t-shirts without prints.

We believe this write against the journalist is absolutely unnecessary. The Supreme Court shouldn’t have accepted the writ in the first place. This we think is a ploy to intimidate the media world, especially those who are critical of the recent acts of the Supreme Court and some of its justices after the Chief Justice was made to head the government blatantly crushing the concept of separation of power. Continue reading The Vijay Kumar Article: पद र पहिचानबीचको महान् अन्तर

Election Government or Elected One?

Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. -Will Rogers

By Siromani Dhungana
UWB

I don’t support the idea of a government that bureaucrats or technocrats lead. Do you support a military-led government led? If not there is no reason you will support a government led by bureaucrats? The only difference between military rule and present Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi-led government is that Regmi is not wearing combat uniform.

It was no surprise that Regmi, in a recent meeting with medical professionals, said that he was appointed by foreign powers (international community, he said) despite his unwillingness and that Nepal had no power at the moment therefore there was no need for a separation of power (between executive and judiciary). Regmi has clearly hinted that he is not accountable to Nepali people but to a clique of four party leaders and ‘international community’. Continue reading Election Government or Elected One?