Government Announces Open Competition For NTA Chief

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The government informed it had started a process to appoint the chairperson of the country’s telecommunications regulatory body, Nepal Telecommunications Authority, through an open competition.

Earlier, the government would make a political appointment for the position. The government is planning to announce the minimum criteria for NTA’s Chief.

 Though several attempts were made to select the new chief, the Government could not appoint any manager for NTA till now. The vacant post of chairman has halted numbers of NTA’s important project.

The post is vacant after the government decided to scrap all political appointments made by Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government after August 30 last year citing they were against the election code of conduct which was in effect then.

The Ministry has now formed a committee under the leadership of its Secretary Mahendra Man Gurung to carry out the appointment process. The committee will select three best candidates and recommend their names to the Council of Ministers for the final decision.

What TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT, 2053 Says?

According to Article 5 of the act, The Authority shall consist of five Members including the Chairperson who are qualified and experienced, as prescribed in the financial, technical, market management, accounts, and auditing or legal field relating to the Telecommunications Service.

The Authority shall consist of five members including the Chairperson, who Possess the prescribed qualifications and experiences in financial and Technical, 3 market management, accounts, and auditing or legal field, relating to the telecommunications service.

Similarly, Sub-article of article 5 states, Government of Nepal shall constitute a committee comprising of experts from the related sectors, to make recommendation for the appointment of the Chairperson and Members of the Authority and Government of Nepal shall on the recommendation of the said committee appoint the Chairperson and Members of the Authority.


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