Friday, December 30, 2005

RNA Misuse Welfare Fund:OAG

Kathmandu, Dec 30-The Auditor General said that the Welfare Fund of the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) has been used haphazardly without any standard and systematic auditing.In response to an SC order to present the audit details of the Fund, the Office of the Auditor General said that it has found out many flaws regarding the use of the Fund under different topics while providing facilities to the ex-army men’s families.The Auditor General, Pradip Bikram Rana, submitted a written reply along with its audit report on the RNA’s Welfare Fund to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court had ordered the Auditor General to produce the audit report on the Fund in a ruling on a 4-year-old case filed by Ambar Bahadur Thapamagar, the Chairman of Ex-Army Fund, demanding transparency in the use of the Fund.

The petitioner has also sought the apex court order to provide salary and facilities as per the agreement between the government and the United Nations while deploying the army men for the UN peacekeeping missions abroad.

The AG has recommended forming a working procedure for the use of the Fund. The report also recommended the RNA to invest the amount on income generating sectors rather than depositing it in banks.

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