Selection process of FNCCI 'trendsetter' awards questioned

Published On: April 13, 2017 02:42 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

Advocate Om Prakash Bista files application at FNCCI Secretariat

KATHMANDU, April 12: Advocate Om Prakash Bista on Wednesday filed an application at the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce (FNCCI) Secretariat, seeking information about the selection criteria of 'trendsetters' award that the federation conferred on different individuals on Monday.

Bista registered the Right to Information (RTI) application, arguing that important sectors like legal and literature, among others, were overlooked while distributing the award. In the application, Bista has said that selection of recipients from sector sectors was not based on objective evaluation, while arbitrary decisions were made while selecting recipients from some sectors. 

Bista said he registered the application since Nepali citizens have the right to know on what basis were the recipients selected for the awards. “As I wanted to know how the recipients were selected, I filed this right to information application,” he told Republica. “Many people, which also include poets and lawyers, have been doing social services. Why were they not considered? It seems that the awards were handed over to some just for appeasement. Therefore, I have filed the application to get information on basis of selection,” he added.  

The umbrella organization of the private sector had felicitated more than two dozen individuals with the 'trendsetter' awards amid a grand ceremony held on Monday. 

“It is obvious to expect any decision is based on appropriate rationale and logic in the democracy,” the applicant has said. 

Stating that the Article 3 of the Right to Information Act, 2007, and Article 27 of the constitution ensure the citizens' right to information on any issue of public interest, the application has sought the answer on how the decision to confer the award was taken. 

The applicant has also sought information about the selection procedure and the basis of selection.

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