The government has decided to cull facilities provided to former prime minters and home ministers. Sher Bahadur Deuba introduced this perk during his first tenure as a prime minister six years ago.
Now official vehicles and bodyguards will be recalled from former home ministers, but ex-prime ministers can still hold onto their government-sponsored bodyguards. Cars in the service of former prime ministers Surya Bahadur Thapa, Girija Prasad Koirala and Sher Bahadur Deuba have already been taken. Krishna Bahadur Bhattarai is the only one still allowed these privileges. Similarly, ex-home ministers KP Oli, Budhiman Tamang, Khum Bahadur Khadka, Purna Bahadur Khadka and Govinda Raj Joshi have been deprived of their perks. At the launch of the 'people's movement' on 4 May, the five political parties declared they would renounce those facilities. The government obviously had no problem in complying.