Nepal Army Demands Recount of PLA in Camps, Dissolution of YCL Paramilitary Wing
Posted by Ka Frank on March 4, 2010
This article appeared on Nepal News on March 2, 2010.
NA suggests govt to recount Maoist combatants before integration
Nepal Army has suggested the government to recount the number of combatants staying in the cantonments before integrating them into various security agencies, Annapurna Post daily reported.
Presenting NA’s suggestions on the issue of army integration at a special meeting held at the Prime Minister’s office, Singha Durbar, Monday, a team of senior generals led by Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Chhatra Man Singh Gurung argued recounting of the combatants was imperative as there are reports that about 40 percent of the combatants had already left the cantonments. The NA team also suggested the government to have the Unified CPN (Maoist) dissolve the para-military structure of their youth wing Young Communist League (YCL) before the integration.
Other issues including model of the combatants integration, national security policy, reform in security sector, the salary and allowance given by the state to the Maoist combatants and the training given by Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to PLA members at the cantonment in Chitwan were also discussed during the meeting. The meeting has concluded, it was not right for the Maoist chairman to train the Maoist combatants at a time when they had already agreed to shift the chain of command of the PLA to special committee on army integration.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, defense minister Bidhya Bhandari, home minister Bhim Rawal, finance minister Surendra Pandey and peace minister Rakam Chemjong were present at the meeting.