Lalitpur mayor’s junkets under CIAA scannerThe Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has sought details about foreign visits made by officials of Lalitpur Metropolitan City, including Mayor Chiribabu Maharjan.
The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has sought details about foreign visits made by officials of Lalitpur Metropolitan City, including Mayor Chiribabu Maharjan.
Following a complaint about high frequency of abroad trips by the metropolis’s officials particularly Mayor Maharjan, the CIAA has asked the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration to send the details about those foreign trips, the spokesperson of the anti-graft agency, Rameshwor Dangal, said.
According the details available to the Post, Maharjan has visited foreign countries eight times after becoming the mayor.
He visited Japan four times since first visiting the East Asian country on August 30-September 3, 2017, in a disaster-related seminar. He visited Japan thrice in two months in January and February this year.
Other nations he visited include—Thailand, South Korea, Sri Lanka and China.
His latest trip was to China on April 21-23 to as part of the Neighbouring Country Mayor Visit Programme.
Mayor Maharjan has claimed that his foreign visits did not involve any resources from the central government or Lalitpur Metropolitan City.
“Criticism against my visits is guided by the political bias from the ruling party in centre since I happen to be the mayor from the opposition party,” he said.
According to him, his visits to Japan yielded results with Lalitpur Metropolitan City due to receive infrastructure for fire brigade with the assistance of World Bank.
“Japan also offered us an insulator equipment to burn wastes, but it has not been possible to bring it due to our waste management agreement with another company in Lalitpur,” he said.
Amid complaints about the frequent foreign visits by the officials of the local units, Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration issued a circular making it mandatory that officials and staff of local governments obtain the approval of the ministry.
The circular also bars officials and staff of local units to travel abroad with the expenditure from the resources of all three parts of the governments—federal, provincial and local.
Chiribabu MaharjaN’s foreign trips
Date Country Issue
Aug 30-Sept 3, 2017 Japan Disaster related seminar
Oct 10-Oct 12, 2017 Thailand Regional EST Policy Dialogue for South Asia & South East Asia
Oct 16-20Oct, 2017 South Korea Climate Change
Nov 5-Nov 8, 2017 Sri Lanka CityNet Congress
Jan 16-Jan 17, 2018 Japan Urban disaster resilience
Jan 24, 2018 Japan Intl seminar on Build Back Better in Urban resilience
Feb 26-March 2, 2018 Japan Waste mgmt study tour
April 21-April 23, 2018 China Mayor Visit Programme for China’s Neighbouring countries