New jobs for junior ministers
FROM ISSUE #42 (11 MAY 2001 - 17 MAY 2001) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The government has assigned 15 junior ministers to monitor development and security operations in all of Nepal's 14 zones and the central region. Their job is to assess the law and order and development situation in the areas they are assigned to serve. The government move gives junior ministers-who've been grumbling about everything being done by senior ministers of their respective ministries-something to do. The ministers will be required to listen to and win the trust of the people by ensuring that they get essential services. The high-level inspection teams may, if necessary, issue directives to government officials and departments and demand clarifications in the seven districts where the Integrated Security and Development Program is to be implemented. They won't have to worry about security in these Maoist-affected districts, because the army-to be deployed from 14 May-will be watching their backs.