PAC faces political pressure

Kathmandu,Jan 08: Parliamentary Public Account Committee faced political pressure while finalising its sub-committee report related to alleged financial irregularities during the wide-body aircraft purchase deal of Nepal Airlines Corporation.

Members of the panel have said that due to political pressure, the PAC removed the names of high-ranking government officials from its final report, which mentions that the civil aviation minister needs to only take moral responsibility for the deal. The committee also acquitted Home Secretary Prem Kumar Rai mentioning that he was no longer at the Tourism Ministry when the Request for Proposal (RFP) was made.

However, the committee did recommend that NAC Managing Director Sugat Ratna Kansakar and Tourism Secretary Krishna Prasad Devkota be suspended.

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