PM begs army to cooperate in integration

N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has instructed the army to support the Special Committee Secretariat in preparing an action plan on PLA integration.

However this is seen as civilian supremacy standing second to military supremacy with prime minister left to beg the cooperation of the men in uniform.

It came a day after the prime minister-led committee assigned its secretariat to prepare the plan by Tuesday.

Bhattarai summoned Chhatra Man Singh Gurung and told him to lend the required expertise for preparing the plan. It has to be based on the seven-point agreement signed last November.

Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun, Chief Secretary Madhav Prasad Ghimire, Special Committee Secretariat Coordinator Balananda Sharma and Deputy Commander of the PLA Chandra Prakash Khanal attended the meeting.
“I think we can submit our plan within the time frame. It will be based on the recommendations submitted to the government by the Nepal Army last month,” Balananda Sharma said.

PLA commander Khanal said Bhattarai directed the secretariat to base the plan on a ‘non-paper’ submitted to the government by the Army.

Gurung said the Army will lend all kinds of support as per the requirements of the Secretariat. Brigadier General Hari Bahadur Basnet will liaise with the army.

Prime Minister Bhattarai held one-on-one discussions with General Gurung. According to a source, discussions among parties are on to form the general directorate under a major general.

The plan submitted by the army says that there would be 18,752 personnel in the general directorate after integrating 6,500 Maoist combatants.


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