Nepal Army to recruit 3,464 personnel

14:38, August 02, 2010      

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After the Supreme Court cleared the legal hassles last week for opening the recruitment drive, Nepal Army is set to publish vacancies for 3,464 personnel in its infantry on Monday.

The new recruitment would include 250 officers and 3,214 lower rank military personnel, said Nepal Army Spokesman Ramindra Chhetri.

The decision resumes the recruitment in infantry positions that was suspended following a controversy with the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M)-led government in December 2008.

He said the recruitment had "opened an opportunity" for Nepali citizens who were longing to serve in the army but had failed to grab the option due to stagnation in recruitment.

According to Monday's The Kathmandu Post daily, the move is likely to trigger a fresh controversy between the government and the main opposition UCPN-M as the latter claims the move will violate the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed by the State in November 2006. The CPA states that both sides shall not conduct "unauthorised recruitment."

Chhetri said the CPA doesn't bar the army from new recruitment.

Chhetri said that the ongoing recruitment drive is within the ceiling of 92,573 personnel that was in force when the CPA was signed in 2006.

Source: Xinhua


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