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Zero tolerance policy against corruption top priority: PM



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By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Oct. 17: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday denied corruption allegations made by former Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai against him and other former prime ministers.Speaking at a programme organised at the Police Headquarters on the occasion of the 65th Nepal Police Day, Prime Minister Oli said that there was no truth in the allegations.
In a programme organised in Gorkha district a few days ago, former Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai had claimed that he had evidence that the Prime Minister and former prime ministers Sher Bahadur Deuba and Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda had embezzled Rs. 9 billion from the Budhigandaki hydropower project. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said, "We cannot be so rude and immoral. We cannot do such things."
Claiming that his government has adopted a zero tolerance policy against corruption, Prime Minister Oli pointed to Dr. Bhattarai and said, "I have heard some people speak in an irresponsible manner."
"We can only move forward responsibly," said Prime Minister Oli. "The police have a key role to play in zero tolerance policy and implementation against corruption."
In another context, Prime Minister Oli said, "We have brought strict laws against acid attackers. Now, we are thinking of making strict laws against rape including acid. There will be no compromise against social crime.” Prime Minister Oli also instructed the police to take a firm stand against the conspiracy to commit heinous crimes like rape.
Meanwhile, Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal lamented that some quarters of people and community were only promoting the weakness of the police keeping hundreds of successful police operations aside.
Home Minister Thapa said that the work performance of the police was good and he was satisfied with the force.
He said, "Our society, which ignores thousands of good deeds, only promotes weaknesses that can be counted on one's fingers. Those who preach weakness do not praise good work. ”
Home Minister Thapa also claimed that the police was becoming a centre of attraction.
Also, Inspector General of Nepal Police (IGP) Shailesh Thapa Chhetri said fair implementation of the law is a matter without any compromise.
"Nepal Police has a glorious history and a golden future," he said. "Non-professional conduct and any opaque activity are intolerable to Nepal Police, and only if we become able to shun such activities, only the character of Nepal Police could become public oriented, transparent and healthy," IGP Khanal said.
The 65th Police Day was also marked in the state capitals of State 2, Bagmati and Gandaki by organising programmes in the presence of Chief Minister of the respective States.  

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