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PHSC should consider the fate of the country but not the fate of the nominees of the ambassadors

Review Nepal
  Kathmandu, Nepal      March 04 2017


The government has been mulling the process to withdraw the names of two ambassadorial nominees Aasha Lama and Sharmila Parajuli, thanks to the widespread criticism over their credentials controversies. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has decided to withdraw their names even though the government has yet to made formal decision over the issue.  It is said that the MoFA has dropped Parajuli and Lama while preparing the final list of nominees.  However, the decision of the MoFa does not deserve the official meaning until and unless the government makes formal decision to withdraw their names. The government has not responded to the widespread criticisms leaving to the space to be suspicious that the controversial names would be forwarded for the hearing in the parliamentary committee. As almost all the names, but not only Parajuli and Lama, were recommended on the basis of share among the parties, it is likely that the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC) would endorse even to the controversial persons as the committee is also a part of the political share. Appointment of persons on the basis of political share is not only becoming a common phenomenon in the context of Nepal but also transforming as of the chronic diseases as no institutions are there which are kept in distant of the political influence.  
As most nominees have zero experience in the area, there is a sufficient space to suspect that the incumbent government or leaders of the government allies would have either profited from the nominees or pleased to their nearer and dearer by appointing the relatives. The principle of inclusion is also dam cared while recommending the ambassadors. For a stance, there is just a single Madheshi and there is no even a single person from the minority community wile recommending 14 names for the ambassadors. Meritocracy is fully abandoned in almost all the appointments of now and then. The blame not only goes to the CPN Maoist Center led incumbent government but also to the previous one too as CPN UML led erstwhile government  had also attempted to appoint to the same tainted figures in the ambassadorial position. Sharmila Parajuli, who was recommended from the Oli led government is continued as Bijayakumar Gachchhadar led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum get share in the position.  As appointments are made on the basis of payment or relation of any powerful leaders, there would be common to appoint the manpower agents, corrupts or the persons who had suppressed even to the popular peoples’ movement of 2006 too.  
Considering to the acts and the activities of the government of now and then, it can easily be guessed that the political parties and the leaders have no sensation of ignominy to share the government positions on the basis of political share.  The opposition parties used to consider as the shadow government to correct the mistakes of the government but it used to voice against of any wrongdoing only if the shares are not granted to it.  As all the political parties have indulged o the partisan interests, all the professional institutions including the universities and the medical institutions are not left apart from the political interference.  We don’t expect that our ambassadors or other appointees to have completely detached from politics as our society are thoroughly politicized.  Since incompetent ambassadors send only a damning message of the country and any country used to be judged on the basis of performance of the ambassadors, there should be at least a consideration to select the competent ambassadors even if the parties have the compulsion to the politically -inclined persons.  As the government has already recommended the persons and left no signals to be corrected, the ball has now fall in the court of the PHSC to decide not only the fate of 14 envoy nominees but also the country.