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PM terminates Minister Sarita Giri

N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU: Minister for Transport and Labor Sarita Giri, who was accused of en massing huge funds from foreign employment agencies for transferring a sincere official at the Labor Deprartment has been kicked out from the cabinet on Friday morning.

The PM has appointed Parliamentary party leader of Rashtriya Janamukti Party MS Thapa in her stead.

Sources claimed that the Thapa will be sworn in today.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Wednesday had  told  Giri to resign following reports of abuse of authority.

Giri has been accused of working with controversial manpower agencies for personal profit.

Giri was summoned by Prime Minister Bhattarai to his his office at Singha Durbar to seek clarification which was followed by demand for resignation.

Giri represents the Sadvawana Party (Anandidevi) in the government.

Prime Minister expressed concern how Giri transferred Director Deneral of the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE). Purna Chandra Bhattarai, according to Prime Minister Bhattarai had been working to reform the department to get rid of corruption.

Giri is believed to have tranferred Bhattarai on the instance of manpower agencies.

“What you are doing is detrimental to the people,” a source attributed prime minister as saying. He also rebuked Giri for not appearing on Monday and justifying her action.

Giri has accused director general Bhattarai of being biased while registering new manpower agencies.

She claimed that Bhattarai was transferred as she received written and verbal complaints against him.

Manpower agencies that were allegedly involved in illegal practices, including human trafficking in the name of foreign employment, had been allegedly mounting pressure on Giri to transfer Bhattarai.

Giri declined to comment when reached for reaction.

Published Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2012 | 12:40 PM

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