At around 9.30 pm on November 12, Riten Kharel saw this government vehicle parked in a dance restaurant "Bhanjyang Rodhi" at Gwarko and took this photo.
One can be pretty sure that the official who is assigned the vehicle shouldn’t be in his job related work at that time of night. Riten asks, ‘Isn’t it the misuse of a government property?" Government officials are free to visit any restaurant. But, do they need to use the government vehicle and spend government purchased gasoline for their personal gratification?
What do you think?
Does anybody know which office does the license plate belong to?
Nepal is probably the only country in the world where people can’t have their national flag on their vehicles. The Nepali national flag is only allowed to be hoisted on the vehicles of high ranking leaders/officials including the President, Prime Minister, and Chief Justice among others.
Why can’t general citizens be proud of their national flag and have it decorated on their vehicles? I salute the owner of this vehicle with the Nepali flag attached to it.
Photo by – Bikash Achary (Bikash thinks it is the misuse of the flag.)
UPDATE: According to the Royal rule (1992 policy) only the following individuals can hoist flags in their residence, office and vehicles :
- Members of the general public can hoist the national flag in their private homes and offices to celebrate the coronation of a king and his birthday, and to mark national unity day and democracy day.
- The prime minister, chief justice, speaker of the House of Representatives, chairs of the upper house and the Royal Council, and chiefs of diplomatic missions may display a flag on their official residence, vehicle and office.
- A 1959 government directive allows the ministers to hoist the flag on their official vehicles while commuting to and from official ceremonies.
- In 1992, the deputy prime minister, deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, assistant ministers and the deputy chair of the Upper House were given permission to affix the flag to their official vehicles for official ceremonies.
I am not aware of any changes to these rules. Please comment if you know of any government rules that make such provisions invalid.
A vehicle to be used for epidemics and rapid-response, is being used by relatives of Health Minister Uma Kanta Chaudhari. The relatives have made good use of the otherwise useless vehicle. Uma Kanta’s father and relatives make Rs. 50 per person per trip from Tamagadhi to Kohlhawi of Bara district.
The vehicle has white number plate (government vehicle) and ‘H’ painted on it to indicate a hospital vehicle. According to Nayapatrika, the minister has taken 8 motorcycle from a department under Health ministry for his friends and relatives.