FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
Tighten security
Posted:Apr 20, 2017
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
The tempo is building up for the local level elections to be held on May 14. There are skeptics who believe that they will not be held; however, most parties in the ruling coalition and in the opposition are dead set for holding the elections no matter what.
 
So that the polls may be held in a free, fair and impartial manner, the security agencies will be playing a key role in ensuring that nobody will dare disturb the election being held in a gap of 20 years.
 
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has instructed all the heads of the security agencies to ensure that there is the required security for the polls.
 
The Prime Minister had summoned the chiefs of the Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal Police and the National Investigation Department to discuss the security for the polls and how to deploy it in the best possible manner.
 
For that matter, the heads of the security agencies assured the Prime Minister that all the preparations for providing security for the polls had already been completed.
 
It is learnt that the heads of the security agencies had told the Prime Minister that the overall security situation in the country was normal and conducive to the holding of the polls.
 
They also assured him they would be able to maintain security for the long awaited polls.
 
The government has decided to mobilize the security agencies, including the Nepal Army, during the elections. As per the present arrangements, the Nepal Army would be deployed in the third security ring beyond the Nepal Police and Armed Police Force in all the polling centers.
 
Allocations of Rs. 30 billion rupees have been made for the security arrangements. Moreover, the Ministry of Home Affairs has already hired around 75,000 temporary police to ensure adequate security during the polls.
 
The Election Commission has opened a Joint Election Operation Centre at its head office.
 
This will consist of senior officers of all the security agencies, the MoHA and the Ministry of Defense and official of the EC that would coordinate with the security agencies that would enable those dealing with the security to take the decisions about the security for polls.
 
Meanwhile, the integrated security plan will also deal with sensitive and highly sensitive municipalities and rural municipalities. The Nepal Army, if required, could be mobilized in the second or first ring and they could be deployed if the situation in the polling centers deteriorates.
 
As the date for the local elections is approaching, the government should assure the people that all the necessary arrangements have been made so that the voters can exercise their franchise without fear and coercion.
 
And no conflicting statements should come from leaders of the government or any coalition party regarding the holding of the polls.
 
This security assurance comes at a time when the agitating coalition of Madhesi and Janajati parties have announced that they would be holding protests to thwart the elections.
 
They say their programme includes nationwide strikes to disrupt the elections. Therefore, it calls for guaranteeing that the elections would be peaceful.
 
Given that the local level election is the first vital step towards the implementation of the present constitution, the protesting outfits should also preferably reach a compromise so that the polls are held in a free and fair manner without any intimidation.
 
Perks for Rautes
 
For the first time, the government has decided to issue citizenship certificates to the Rautes, the nomadic community mostly living in forests of mid and far-western hills.
 
The Home Ministry has directed the concerned district administration offices to issue such papers to the Rautes who live within their domains.
 
The decision to this effect was taken after the Department of Civil Registration under the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development reminded the government that Rautes were deprived of social security grants due to lack of legal documents.
 
The Rautes living in the mid and far-western hills have not been able to collect the allowances as they could not produce the papers required for the benefit announced by the government.
 
 
An estimated 650 Rautes are living in scattered settlements in Karnali and Mahakali zones while around 150 others are still living a nomadic life hunting wild animals and selling wooden utensils for their livelihood.
 
The government has announced to provide Rs. 1000 to each Raute per month under the social security allowance.
 

The Himalayan Times, April 20, 2017

 
 
 
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 

Disclaimer: South Asia Monitor does not accept responsibility for the views or ideology expressed in any article, signed or unsigned, which appears on its site. What it does accept is responsibility for giving it a chance to appear and enter the public discourse.
Comments (Total Comments 0) Post Comments Post Comment
Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image India’s Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari visited Armenia recently to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
 
read-more
The US has slammed Pakistan for failing to crackdown on terror groups operating from "safe havens" inside its territory, and said the Nawaz Sharif government did not take any action against the LeT and JeM, which continue to operate openly.
 
read-more
In dispatching its  PLA (Peoples Liberation Army)  marines to Djibuti in the Horn of Africa on Wednesday (July 12 ) by amphibious ships, from the southern port of Zhanjiang, China has taken a significant step in enhancing its  trans-border military footprint.
 
read-more
It is becoming increasingly obvious that China is experiencing a sort of superiority obsession, imagining it can dominate and conquer the world. Several Chinese acts in the recent past indicate such an attitude. Asian nations, which are now apprehensive about China’s aggressive postures, are unclear how matters will shape up.
 
read-more
It is appalling to see how the struggle for self-determination in Kashmir has been reduced to bitter recriminations between Pakistan and India.
 
read-more
As Aadhaar becomes the norm in India, and gets skewered for the involuntary nature of its imposition, our northern neighbours, as is their wont, want to do a number that will make this appear benign.
 
read-more
South Asia is situated in a strategically important location and has always been bone of a contention for control by major powers.
 
read-more
It was just at the end of spring that the unquiet American President was talking big about being the man who can seal the deal on Israeli-Palestinian peace.
 
read-more
S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore on "India, ASEAN and Changing Geopolitics”
 
read-more
Column-image

Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
Column-image

This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
Column-image

History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
Column-image

Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compare with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals may be capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to it...

 
Column-image

Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
Subscribe to our newsletter
Archive