KATHMANDU: Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) Purna Chandra Thapa has said the situation of uncertainty would continue for the coming some time, given the neighbors’ march towards prosperity, the regional and international developments and scenarios.
The Army Chief said this while addressing a program organized at the Army Headquarters today marking the completion of one year term by the CoAS. The chief of army on the occasion informed the rank and file regarding the army’s toad map for the rest of his term.
“Looking at the internal political situation, the development needs and possibilities, there are many bases that the motto, ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’, is going to be our common future,” he opined.
Stating that the concept of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ does not look feasible without a reliable defense system and internal security arrangement, the Chief of Army Staff said promotion of the national interests and welfare with every level and strata in the country remaining alert and secure from the influences of external interests is the future national challenge.
“However, the reality of the surging aspirations of the people and uncertainty in the course of passing through the transition period adding to the security challenges cannot be rejected. If some remnants of the transition period are there, the Nepal Army does not become an obstacle in addressing that. The motivation of the national army which is mobilized on the orders of the government should not be harmed either,” he said.
Noting that the basis of the policy adopted by the government to address the subjects of internal security challenges as per the nature of the problem becoming successful was establishing, he said, “There are many bases that more achievements than what the people have expected of could be made, if identification of the problem in time and its appropriate solution could become the pivot of the implementation of our national security policy.”
He said that the sphere of the national responsibility of an organization like the army could not be limited.
He added, “Efforts might be made to make the army a weak institution or to project it as weak knowingly or unknowingly that it is an important organ of the state. The true Nepali citizens are aware of this and they should be. The Army has always been providing a notable contribution in the task of achieving the defined objectives of the government apart from its constitutional responsibilities.”
Issuing directives to make arrangements for the full utilization of the budget, Army Chief Thapa said a more harsh policy would be adopted in the coming days if the budget is not properly implemented and this issue would be looked at by linking it with the career development of the person concerned.
In the ‘CoAS fourth quarterly roll call’ held before this programme, the chiefs of the various departments, directorate generals and directorates under the Army Headquarters had responded to the questions put by the army rank and file regarding the organization strengthening, service and facilities, infrastructures, policies and regulations, transparency of expenditures, discipline, ration, training, army welfare fund and service period, among other topics.
The rank and file also gave their suggestions on many issues including adopting a clear promotion policy during the roll call.