Transparency International-Nepal (TI-Nepal) held an interaction on the topic “Abuse of authority for personal gain by officials of the Government, the Parliament and the Judiciary of Nepal”. The event held on 21 June 2107 was chaired by Mr. Shree Hari Aryal, senior advocate and TI-Nepal’s President. The Chief Guest for the event was Hon. Dil Bahadur Gharti, Chairman of the State Affairs Committee of the Nepalese Parliament. Mr. Mohan Banjade, an advocate and the former Secretary of the Government of Nepal, presented a paper under TI-Nepal’s Building National Integrity in Nepal (BNIN) initiative. This paper was then critiqued and evaluated by Dr. Dwarika Nath Dungel (former Secretary of the Government of Nepal), Dr. Shankar Kumar Shrestha (Senior Advocate), and Mr. Mukunda Sharma (former Secretary and Parliament Secretariat) in the presence of around 80 imminent delegates from different sectors.
During the discussions, the corrupt behaviors and practices of public officials were put in the spotlight. As a result of such activities, it has been difficult to maintain a society governed by integrity. Corruption has unfortunately become somewhat of a norm in the country. Despite the legal framework to counter-act it, the roots of corruption have become intertwined within the nation’s systems. The government’s anti-corruption strategy becomes ineffective when the decisions of public officials are influenced through various means. While we have been able to diagnose the issue, prevention is still a work in progress. It requires a significant amount of efforts, resources and time to combat corruption.
The reviewers of Mr. Banjade’s paper determined that he was able to effectively explain the corruption issues plaguing the administration of the country. It was suggested to actively encourage the utilization of the integrity system and ethical conduct to consolidate good governance. In addition to this, the means by which to develop an accountable and honest state, the sources and resources available within the system, a variety of social reforms, and establishing the media as the “Fourth Pillar” of the currently tri-pillared form of government, were all ideas put forth.