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Sarita Giri comes up as new epitome of corruption in public life

N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has on Wednesday told Minister for Labour and Transport Management Sarita 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: Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 | 10:47 PM

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