Tanahun, September 11: Tanahun has been ranked third on the list of most corrupted districts of Gandaki State having the total 11 districts. Kaski is positioned first and Parbat second. The list follows Syangja, Lamjung, Baglung, Myagdi, Gorkha, Mustang and Nawalpur respectively.
The ranking is based on complaints filed with the regional office of the Commission for the Investigations of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Pokhara in the last fiscal year of 2075/76. Parbat recorded 69 complaints of corruption in the FY, said Meghnath Rijal, information officer for the CIAA, Pokhara, adding that 12 cases of corruption have been lodged in the current FY of 2076/77.
Of the complaints of corruption, 42 have been cleared and investigations are on into seven, he said. The complaints of corruption are related to illegal extraction of sands and pebbles from river banks, payments twice or thrice, payments without work, irregularities in recommending for the passage of blueprints of roads and houses, in appointing employees and in the distribution of social security allowance, taking bribe, selection of employees informing consumers committee through nepotism and evading revenue.
Likewise, they are related to irregularities in the construction of buildings for schools, health institutions, toilets and sale of lands of schools. Kaski witnessed a total of 427 cases of corruption in the last FY. Of the total 832 complaints of corruption filed in the State, 545 have been cleared, said the CIAA. Complaints against people’s representatives have increased, said CIAA’s commissioner Dr. Sabitri Gurung. “All including people’s representatives will be booked if found involved in corruption,” she said. RSS