Govt creates post of Brigadier General for former Maoist combatant
19 Sep, 2019
By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, Sept. 19: The government has promoted colonel Yam Bahadur Adhikari of Nepali Army (NA) as Brigadier General, the one star general, by creating a special post. The special post of Brigadier General will remain for maximum four years, according to Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota. Adhikari is one of the former Maoist combatants integrated into the NA as per the agreement reached with the government. Adhikari was promoted as colonel on February 6, 2014. Brigadier General Adhikari was integrated into the NA after completing required training in 2012. Former army chief Gaurav SJB Rana had conferred insignia on Adhikari as colonel. If the government had not decided to promote him to a post of Brigadier General, Adhikari was going to retire from the NA within next one-and-a-half years. After getting promoted to Colonel in 2014, the post’s term as per the Army Act remain only for five years. During his integration into the NA, he was recruited as lieutenant. According to the army headquarters source, the special post created by the government will remain for next four years and will collapse after his retirement. That means, his promotion will not affect the regular promotion. To become a colonel as Brigadier General, one must complete his higher command course, which Adhikari had not done yet.