Home Ministry gears up for reforms in multiple areas
KATHMANDU, Sept 2: With the arrival of new home secretary Navin Ghimire, the Ministry of Home Affairs has geared up for reforms in multiple security-related areas, including restructuring of the ministry, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and the National Investigation Department to make the security apparatus timely and compentent to meet new security challenges.
According to sources at the ministry, different taskforces have been formed to prepare plans to usher in reforms in the aged-old structure of the ministry, Nepal Police (NP), Armed Police Force (APF) and the National Investigation Department (NID) to make the security agencies under the ministry competent to meet security challenges in the changed context and in view of the country going for federalism in near future.
´The taskforces have been given different deadlines. The ministry will get all the plans in six weeks," said the source familiar with the development.
Besides, the ministry has also geared up to prepare an internal security plan that will be a part of the national security plan that is being prepared, said another source at the ministry, seeking anonymity.
Similarly, the ministry has also started works on preparing a master plan to strengthen district administration offices, realizing that the offices badly needs to be upgraded to carry out responsibilities of more than 80 laws. Their reforms have long been due, according to the source.
Likewise, the ministry has floated the concept of technology-based security for Kathmandu, concluding that securing the city manually is going to be an uphill task in the changed context. Another taskforce is already working in full-swing to materialize the vision. Besides, works are in progress to prepare a separate law to govern metro police.
In addition, the ministry has asked the Nepali Police and the Armed Police Force to prepare their strategic plan for three years along with five-year career development plan in each service.
Lately, the ministry has also taken up the issue of growing demand of security service from private companies, concluding that such security service should be regulated by the ministry.
"They can be registered with any government agency but now they should be regulated, given the fact that they are mushrooming," said another official at the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In another reform initiative, the minister, according to the source, is making preparations to launch a community police movement, with slogan of ´friends of police´, so that the community policing become effective.
Last, but not the least, the ministry is also working to prepare guidelines for constructions to be carried out in places surrounding vital installations like president´s office and residence, the prime minister´s residence, police offices, army headquarters, among others.
"We will start implementing all the plans," said the source.