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"Why would I?"




MIN BAJRACHARYA

How do you respond to allegations that you have not performed your duties impartially?
The first thing you have to understand is that today's society has developed a negative attitude towards everything for various reasons. It is good to question things but it's not a good idea to have pre-conceived notions. Unfortunately, our society is now acting on prejudices. It is not just me who makes decisions at the CIAA, there are five commissioners and all have equal rights. Since I am the chief commissioner, I have some additional administrative duties but all decisions are made jointly by all the commissioners so there is no way that they can be unfair. The commission has made thousands of decisions. Among them only one did not have our consensus. We have been successful in most of the cases we have filed in the court and we are transparent. But it is natural for those whom we have acted against to say that we are impartial.

But there has been a controversy about a recommendation you made on behalf of someone's citizenship.
It is about the citizenship of a labourer whose mother ran away with someone else when he was a non-issue. The charge is that I endorsed the recommendation in which this man's father's name has been changed. Do you think I would do such a thing for personal gain? But people have now started asking why this issue is out of proportion. Perhaps it is an organised response to our anti-corruption campaign?

How do you evaluate your work at the commission?
The CIAA has earned a reputation among everyone from Mechi to Mahakali. People holding public positions have now begun to think twice about the right and lawful thing to do before they make decisions. Government offices have become more transparent and accountable and people no more dare ask for bribes openly. The challenge now is to give all citizens ownership of this campaign.


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(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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