PM pledges to conclude army integration with 4 days
KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has assured of the completion of the peace process within April 12. At a meeting of the Special Committee for the supervision, integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist former combatants on Sunday, the Prime Minister assured the Committee members that the peace process would conclude soon.
Talking to media persons after the meeting, Committee member and Finance Minister Barshaman Pun said the meeting agreed on handing over the responsibility of looking after the cantonments at Morang, Rolpa and Chitwan to the Armed Police Force and the responsibility of 12 remaining camps to the Nepal Army.
Similarly Nepali Congress leader and Committee member Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat said, “At the meeting, we put a question to the prime minister whether the integration process is moving ahead as per the schedule and in reply he urged us to be confident that all the remaining tasks would end by April 12.”
The meeting also agreed to send some committee members to monitor the progress on the integration process in some cantonments within the next few days.
The meeting, however, did not take up matters of rank harmonization of combatants, duration of training for them, structure of the general directorate and selection committee, the post-integration issues.
The meeting was apprised that some Rs. 2 billion has been demanded for the combatants opting for voluntary retirement and the government has already approved a cheque of Rs 1 billion, said FM Pun.
Similarly, Committee member from CPN ( UML) Bhim Rawal said that he has not still fully confident that the army integration would conclude by April 12 as claimed by the Prime Minister. RSS