KATHMANDU, June 15: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, has said that the security system operates within the chain of command.
Speaking at a meeting of the National Concern and Coordination Committee under the National Assembly on Wednesday, DPM Shrestha said, "The security agencies can't be mobilized by weakening the chain of command. Now the chain of command has been visibly strengthened."
He told the MPs that the issue of security is not just the concern of citizens, it is also concerned with the relevance and sustainability of political changes.
He said that the police have presented the case related to the fake Bhutanese refugee scam to the court for prosecution after conducting an independent and impartial investigation. He made it clear that investigation has followed the established procedures without any deviations.
The DPM and home minister assured that no innocent person would be falsely charged, and at the same time, those found guilty in the case would not be spared.
Commenting on the matters concerning the country's foreign policy and national security, he said it is not appropriate for such policies to be guided by partisan interests instead of displaying and promoting national unity. The home minister stressed that none should engage in activities capable of hampering national sovereignty, national interests and security.
He informed the upper house committee meeting that efforts were underway to increase the number of Armed Police Force along the borders and the government was equally committed to maintaining its cordial relations with neighbors on the basis of 'equi-proximity’.
"Enhancement of peace, security and national unity are the priorities of the government," Home Minister Shrestha said.
Noting that the government was determined to maintain cordial relations based on mutual interest with neighboring countries through an independent foreign policy, DPM and Home Minister Shrestha said the government is committed to carry out its works keeping the national interest and unity at the center.
"The government is committed and determined to carry out its functions, keeping the national interest and unity at the center. We appeal to all to implement it in practice as well," he said.
Stating that the government does not intend to dissolve the District Election Office, the DPM and Home Minister said, "These offices have not been annulled and they will not be dissolved. There will be a separate Election Office in the districts."
He said looking at the civil servants from the lens of the party is in itself detrimental and made it clear that the government employees would not be treated in any kind of discriminatory way based on political affiliation.
Responding to a question from the committee members, Home Minister Shrestha said, "The government will not move towards authoritarian direction. It remains steadfast in favor of democracy. It moves forward by correcting the shortcomings."
He stated that although the government is determined to provide citizenship certificates to those who are facing difficulties for not having it, the government must abide by the court’s order. He said that the government wants the court to conduct the hearing on this issue at the earliest.
Before this, the members had demanded the government's opinion regarding the lack of infrastructures at the police outposts in the border areas, the change in the responsibilities of the government officials with the change of government, the common man hard hit by inflation and many youths facing hardships for not having citizenship certificates.
They had asked the home minister regarding what steps the government is taking and the extent of success it is getting in addressing the day-to-day problems of the people, the anomalies and malfeasance seen in the government sector, corruption control and promotion of good governance.