Lawmakers question about CIAA performance

Posted on: August 01, 2017 | views: 107

Lawmakers have expressed concerns over the 'non-active' role of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) at time when the increasing policy-level corruption is destroying the nation, culture and the entire system. 

Speaking at a meeting of the Legislature-Parliament's Good Governance and Monitoring Committee, committee member and former Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal said it is a matter of shame that the sector like education is widely gripped by the corruption.  He stressed that the CIAA should keep its close eye on the possibility of corruption in big projects. 

Lawmaker Ambika Rajbanshi, questioned whether it is not corruption to bargain for getting a specific ministry as per the interest of a particular party or an individual. 

Another committee Janakraj Joshi informed that meeting that the CIAA report is capable of raising a question whether it (CIAA) is developing into an industry of collecting complaints.

Lawmaker Akwal Aham Saha insisted on that the CIAA performance and activities should be impartial and accountable to the people.

Amanlal Modi asked why the CIAA attention is focused only on bureaucracy while the corruption is believed to be rampant in the political sector. 

Kripasur Sherpa demanded that all those found abusing authority be brought to justice. 

 Lawmaker Chandreshwor Jha said that Commission's step has been expected to discourage the trend of clearing the bill of tens of thousands of rupees in sharing at the end of fiscal year to finish the budget.

Similarly, Uday Nepali Shrestha said that jurisdiction of the Commission can be amended while Harkabol Rai said that the activities of Commission should be effective to reduce corruption cases. 

Responding to queries raised by lawmaker, Chief Commissioner Deep Basnyat expressed determination that the Commission would not leave anyone involved in any-type of crime. He said that the CIAA should get the authority to initiate legal process by bringing those in public post under its jurisdiction if they carried out illegal activities.