CTEVT director alleges foul play in appointment

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Kul Bahadur Basnet, director of the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), today challenged the government to prove the eligibility of newly-elected member-secretary Ram Hari Lamichhane. Speaking at a press meet in the Capital, Basnet accused the government of appointing Lamichhane, violating its own criteria regarding efficiency, seniority and academic qualifications. 

In his bid to prove his seniority and competence, Basnet pointed that he joined the government service in 2041 BS, became a director in 2058 BS, completed his PhD in Technical Education from Korea and later studied in two US universities. On the other hand, Lamichhane, according to Basnet, joined the government service as account officer in 2046 BS and became director in 2060 BS. 

“I was on top of the list of eligible candidates, whereas Lamichhane was 19th. How could he be selected as member-secretary?” he asked. 

Basnet said despite his ‘excellent’ work plan and performance, and seniority, the government had picked Lamichhane, who got kicked out of office after employees staged protests against him for 58 days. 

He also questioned the legitimacy of the committee formed to appoint CTEVT member-secretary. Lamichhane, appointed for five years after the tenure of Jaya Bahadur Tandon expired, assumed office on Monday.

Source: The Himalayantimes.