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Slipping into security



BIKRAM RAI
With the announcement of fresh recruitment in the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, National Department of Investigation and Nepal Army, there have been reports about illegitimate dealings, as in the past. Nepal Police has even issued a notice cautioning the public not to resort to brokers.

The 300,000 Nepali youths who are aspiring to join these forces cannot be sure of impartial selection, and many seek the patronage of politicians or pay money to brokers rather than believing in their capabilities. When everything is fixed behind the scenes, the selection process becomes a mere formality.

No authority has come forward to monitor and check rampant fraud. In fact, officials at the monitoring authority have been found to have recommended their own people for different posts. Security chiefs and ministers try to please the ministers and high officials by obeying orders, and their statements regarding selection appear to be made simply to cushion themselves from pressure.

Frustration results, given increasing unemployment, if selection is unfair. But if one is selected after bribing someone, who is that person accountable to? Will he work for the institution or reap the returns of his investment? The security organisations therefore fail right from the beginning. A separate commission is needed for recruitment.

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