• Saturday 28th March 2020

Prime Minister sans control over bureaucracy, Cabinet

  • Published on: July 17, 2019

  • By Our Reporter
    Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli now leads a powerful two-thirds majority communist government. However, last week people realised the otherwise when the powerful Prime Minister said he was deceived by the bureaucracy and ministers.
    It was the issue of pesticide tests in the India-imported fruit and vegetables which turned the powerful Prime Minister into a poor pawn, when he disclosed that he was not informed about the letter of the Indian Embassy requesting the government to withdraw its decision to provide customs clearance to the Indian trucks carrying fruit and vegetables only after they produce certificate of pesticides tests.
    When the Ministers for Agriculture and Cooperatives and Commerce and Supply tried to pass the bucket on the issue of imposing and lifting the provision of pesticide tests, the Prime Minister had to apologize for his comment that the government received no letter from India to withdraw the decision on pesticide test. But when the letter got leaked, he had to apologize for his comments, and accused the employees of not informing him about the letter.
    Of course, the case showed how our PM is helpless not only before the corrupt bureaucrats but also before the neighbours. He and his Cabinet had to abide by the letter received from the Indian Embassy. The Embassy had asked the government to lift the decision of pesticide test on India imported vegetables, which was dully followed.
    Now that the PM pointed his finger at the employees, it is clear how the PM had deceived the people by pretending that he was a true nationalist. Instead of withdrawing the decision of testing pesticides at the instruction of the southern neighbour, he should have prepared to set of required laboratories in the customs points so that the pesticides tests could be done immediately. But he lifted the decision.


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