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Defence Ministry takes ‘serious exception’ to PLA vacancy call

KATHMANDU, AUG 04 - The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken serious exception to the UCPN (Maoist)’s decision to recruit new soldiers in their People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

The Maoists called for fresh recruitment a day after the Nepal Army (NA) called for new applications to fill the vacant posts. 

In a press statement released by the ministry on Wednesday, the government has expressed deep concern over the Maoist decision saying that the political parties opting to recruit new soldiers over the NA’s decision to do the same will cause about more complexity and add challenges to the nation’s security management.

The NA’s decision to recruit new soldiers for the fifth time is nothing but a continuation to the military admission process commenced earlier and is in the line of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA), the ministry has informed.

Similarly, the Supreme Court has mentioned that military admission is acceptable taking into consideration, and not exceeding, the number of militants that were active at the time when the CPA was signed. 

The admission has been initiated to fulfill the military deployment requirements for the security of VIPs, important individuals and structures, participation in the peace force, and during crucial periods, the statement said. 

Nepal Army commenced the military admission as per the government’s decision on June 1, 2010.


Posted on: 2010-08-04 03:18