KATHMANDU, Oct 23: The government has appointed Lok Darshan Regmi as the 24th Chief Secretary.
A cabinet meeting held at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Singha Durbar on Monday, decided to promote Regmi to the post since current Chief Secretary Rajendra Kishor Kshetri is retiring Tuesday due to his age limit. Regmi was a secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs. He was promoted to secretary in 2070 BS.
Talking to media persons following the meeting, Spokesperson for the government and Minister for Information and Communications, Mohan Bahadur Basnet said the meeting also decided to install Shankar Prasad Adhikari to the post of Secretary at the Ministry of Finance.
Likewise, Naindra Prasad Upadhyay has been installed as the Secretary at the Public Service Commission, Madhu Prasad Regmi as the Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Mohan Krishna Sapkota as the Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Reshmi Raj Pandey as the Secretary at the Ministry of General Administration, Yubak Dhwaj GC as the Secretary at the Ministry of Forest and Prakash Mathema as the Secretary at the Ministry of Livestock Development.
The meeting promoted joint-secretary Bishnu Om Bade Shrestha to the post of secretary.
Meanwhile, the cabinet meeting also approved the resignations tendered by Education Secretary Sheshnath Adhikari and National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) chief executive officer (CEO) Dr Govinda Pokhrel. The meeting allocated the responsibility of NRA CEO to the former Finance Secretary Yubraj Bhusal for the time being.
Pokhrel resigned from the post to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections. Pokharel is preparing to contest for the House of Representatives from Pyuthan district as a Nepali Congress candidate.
More, the meeting endorsed the provision for exempting the registration fees for transfer of houses built in the Giranchaur Integrated Model Settlement at Melamchi of Sindhupalchowk to the earthquake survivors.
The meeting decided to sign on a memorandum of understanding between the Nepal Government and the European Union regarding the election observation and give authority to form a talks team to negotiate for an agreement relating to receiving a loan of 80 million US dollars from the World Bank for the Livestock Sector Innovation Project.
The Council of Ministers has reached an agreement regarding the ‘medical education ordinance’ and the final decision on this is expected from the next meeting, according to Government Spokesperson Basnet.