Corruption chances high if Nepalis undertake job: DPM

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KATHMANDU, APR 23 – Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam has said that government’s bid to outsource the visa processing job to a foreign company was initiated with a good intention.

Speaking at the meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday, Gautam tried to assure the committee that all the process would be transparent if a foreign firm is contracted to undertake the visa processing job. He claimed that handing over the contract to a foreign company will in fact reduce the chances of corruption.

“Most corruption cases take place in works that are undertaken by Nepalis, so let’s not be suspicious,” Gautam said.

Regarding the concerns about security information leak, the home minister said, such issues could be dealt legally. “Even the information from Pentagon could be leaked,” Gautam said to make his point.

He, however, said that it was up to Parliament whether to push the process forward or not. “If you are against it, I am ready to withdraw the proposal.”

The Home Ministry’s proposition to outsource visa processing job to a private company overseas had drawn widespread criticism, prompting the PAC and the State Affairs Committee to halt the process.

PAC Chairman Janardan Sharma said the next meeting of the panel will invite experts for suggestion on letting a foreign company handle visa processing job.