Minister ‘yet to learn about PAC decision’ on NOC scam

Published On: September 4, 2017 07:09 AM NPT By: Dilip Poudel

KATHMANDU, September 4: Minister for Supplies Shiva Kumar Mandal has said he has not yet officially received information about the parliament’s Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) conclusion that there had been massive irregularities in the land procurement process at Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC). 

Although Mandal said this at a public function in the capital Sunday, it has been learnt that the PAC had submitted its decision to the Ministry of Supplies long ago, on August 6.

“I have not received official information although the PAC probe found irregularities in the land deals,” said Mandal, who has been dragging his feet in taking action against those involved in the irregularities. “I will receive detailed information after I go to the ministry on Monday.” 

PAC had written to the CIAA to probe the controversial land procurement deals and take against then secretary at the Ministry of Supplies Prem Kumar Rai and NOC Managing Director Gopal Khadka. 

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