NEPAL POLICE: A Crisis Period

As Nepal Police is celebrating its anniversary, it is facing one of the very difficult times when almost all top icons are likely to retire before the elections

Oct. 6, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -8 Oct. 4- 2013 (Ashoj 18, 2070)

In its history of 58 years, this is for the first time Nepal Police is facing such a difficulty in its organizational history. If the previous amendment of Nepal Police Regulation is retained, a dozen of senior police officers, including the chief, are likely to be retired just a week before the elections.

Looking at the vulnerable period, Ministry of Home Affairs has already proceeded with a legal proposal to extend the tenure of all the senior police officials for two months or till holding the elections for the Constituent Assembly on November 19.

After the amendment of Regulations in 2006, several police officers were already retired after completion of 30 years in service. According to Nepal Police regulations, police officers have to retire either after completion of 30 years or after the age of 58.

With the force of over 58,000, Nepal Police has been facing a similar problem and it is related to the tenure.  By manipulating the regulations, politicians often exploit the police organisation. This is not an exception. Under this provision, many senior and capable police officers have already retired from their job.

However, there is going to be a major challenge and crisis. No one is ready to swallow any bitter pills to save the organizations. Although Nepal Police sacrificed over 2000 of its caders in various insurgencies, it has survived as a professional organization.

Although it is not easy to amend the regulation, it will bring drastic turn and frustration among the junior officers. Although Nepal Police has been facing all tough jobs in providing law and order in the country, it has itself been passing through a nasty disorder.

“As a professional and service oriented organization, its history is full of sacrifice. Despite facing all kinds of difficulties, we have been able to provide security to the citizen,” said DIG and spokesperson of Neal Police Nawaraj Silwal.

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