KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Chief District Officer of Bardiya Ram Bahadur Kurumbang has clinched the title of Integrity Nepal Idol of the year 2018.
Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration Lal Babu Pandit conferred the Integrity Nepal Idol title on CDO Kurumbang along with a trophy at a program organized in the capital today.
Kurumbang has been chosen from among the five finalists for the coveted title based on SMS and online voting. A total of five civil servants were in the fray for the title.
Following a nationwide campaign, Integrity Idol had been whittled down to five finalists from 1,062 nominations from across the country.
Embarked on the government service in 1998 ,Kurumbang has already served in seven districts in his capacity as CDO whom the panel of judges describes him as ‘a bold, accountable, honest and popular administrator’.
Talking to Republica Online after receiving the title Kurumbang said, “The honor of Integrity Idol has not only boosted my morale but also held me more accountable to the citizens”.
Kurumbang originally hails from Fedap rural municipality-1, Puldhung, Tehrathum.
Accountability Lab, the organizer, that elects idols among civil servants worldwide every year, started organizing Integrity Nepal Idol contest in Nepal since 2014.
Five finalists were chosen by a four-member panel of judges led by former CIAA chief Suryanath Upadhyaya in which Administration Expert Kashi Raj Dahal, Executive Director of Nepal Administrative Staff College Punya Prasad Neupane and Former Secretary Jeevan Prabha Lama were members.
The finalists included Chief District Officer of Bardiya district Ram Bahadur Kurumbang, Senior Horticulture Officer Arun Kafle, Chief Administrative Officer at Tikapur Municipality, Kailali Dhruba Raj Acharya ,Under Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mahendra Prasad Paudel and Sita Kumari Sharma, senior ANM at Municipal Health Office in Birendranagar,Surkhet.