Padlocked municipality opened

Published On: December 29, 2019 09:21 AM NPT By: Jitendra Kumar Jha

RAJBIRAJ, Dec 29: Dakneshwari Municipality of Rajbiraj district, which was padlocked from December 15, has been opened on Saturday, following a 22-point agreement between the protesting youths and the municipality.

The local youths had padlocked the municipality accusing the local representatives and staff of being involved in corruption and fund embezzlement.

According to Arbind Kumar Mandal, a youth leader of the area, the padlocked municipality was opened after the local representatives expressed their commitment in addressing the demands of the youths. He further added that local representatives have shown commitment to zero-tolerance against corruption, and pledged for development, accountability and good governance.

The agitated youths and the municipality had reached a 22-point agreement on Friday itself. After the youths padlocked the municipal office, the daily activities of the municipality had come to a halt.

Meanwhile, Rajgadh Rural Municipality, which was padlocked by local representatives and political leaders of the district, is yet to be opened. The rural municipality has been padlocked by three ward chairpersons and political leaders since Wednesday.

Lalit Singh, of Rajgadh-2, Hemnarayan Sah of Ward No 4 and Kamaldev Yadav of Ward No 6 padlocked the office of the rural municipality accusing the chairperson Paramananda Yadav of corruption and embezzlement of funds.

Despite the Office of the rural municipal being padlocked, Paramananda Yadav, chairperson of the rural municipality, called for village assembly on Wednesday evening and passed the plans and programs of the rural municipality for the current fiscal year. The chairperson had called the village assembly at his house.

According to Ramesh Yadav, chief administrative officer of the rural municipality, the village assembly has passed the plans and programs for the current fiscal year.

The agitated protesters have already submitted a 14-point memorandum to the chairperson. Lalit Singh, ward no 2 chair, accused that the chairman of the rural municipality has been carrying development works single-handedly. He further added that the behavior of the chairperson has not changed despite several discussions about the issue.

Chairperson Yadav has been accused of purchasing date expired medicines worth Rs 2.5 million in the last fiscal year. Likewise, he is also accused of spending Rs five million without consultation with the stakeholders.

The ward chairs have also accused the chairperson and chief administrative officer of not informing them in procurement by the rural municipality.

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