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Misuse of Rs.3.88 billion in wide-body planes deal

By Our Reporter
The sub-committee formed by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Parliament has concluded misappropriation of Rs 3.88 billion while purchasing the wide-body aircraft. The PAC had formed the sub-committee to probe into the irregularities in the procurement of the two wide-body aircraft.
The sub-committee also recommended the government to immediately suspend General Manager of the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) Sugat Ratna Kansakar. It also recommended suspension of the NAC board.
The sub-committee had also drawn attention of the government to take action against Civil Aviation Minister Rabindra Adhikari and two predecessors stating that corruption of such a large scale is not possible with the involvement of just NAC staffers.
The Office of the Auditor General in its 55th report had pointed at irregularities in the procurement process after the NAC initiated process for procuring old airplanes despite inviting bids for new ones.
The NAC had acquired the first wide-body plane on June 28 and the second on July 26.
The procurement process had come under scanner after it was revealed that the NAC procured planes with maximum takeoff weight of 230 tons instead of 242 tons.

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