PM Oli addressed the Annual Day of the Armed Police Force on January 29, 2019.
Speaking at the occasion, PM Oli said that he would not tolerate corruption and that his government would take firm steps to counter the rising menace.
Oli added that those misusing power would have to face the consequences despite their political connection while stressing on his government’s zero-tolerance policy.
“I will not be corrupt and I will not tolerate corruption. This is our declared policy,” PM Oli said while speaking at the event.
The Nepali Prime Minister also informed that the government was working diligently towards the remaining works of the peace process.
He also urged the concerned stakeholders to not politicize the matter.
“The peace process is finally coming to an end after a decade-long Maoist insurgency and another decade of political transition. We can only move forward, not backward. It won’t be wise to revert, inciting conflicts again,” Oli said, adding that some things were being conspired to take Nepal back into conflict.
PM Oli also informed that 2,807 personnel were killed in the line of duty at the time of the Maoist insurgency.
The martyred persons include 318 from APF, 1,448 from Nepal Police, 1,018 from Nepal Army and 23 from the National Investigation Department.
The Prime Minister’s address comes at a time when his government’s ability to curb corruption is being questioned.
The Oli Government also faced heavy criticism when the Prime Minister presented Nepal Communist Party’s Contribution to Nepal’s progress path in the Parliament’s winter session
Recently, Transparent International, the watch guard for corruption across world countries placed Nepal at the 124th rank on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI). The country climbed higher in the corruption index by 2 spots compared to last year.
Events such as the infamous aviation scam and the NPR 52 billion money laundering racket only raised doubts on the government’s ability to stop corruption.
Corruption in Nepal averaged at a rank of 127.40 between 2004-2018, during which the country witnessed the highest rate of 154 in 2011 and record low of 90 in 2004.
PM KP Sharma Oli paid homage to martyrs on the occasion of Martyr’s Day at the Martyrs Memorial Park in Lainchaur on January 30, 2019.
Oli reassured that no one needed to become martyrs in the fight for rights from now onward since the Nepal’s democratic regime has already been put in place.
The Prime Minister also stressed on the need for unity within Nepal to promote good governance and economic development in accordance with the martyrs’ dreams, adding that it was time to drive Nepal towards economic transformation through ‘Prosperous Nepal and Happy Nepali’ campaign.
“Let us all come up with the resolution today again to end corruption by maintaining good governance. Let us hand over the country with equality of rights, people’s respect and rule of law to the generation to come”, Oli said.
Kathmandu Metropolis Mayor Bidhya Sundar Shakya also stressed on the need to work towards cherishing the dream of martyrs.
As part of the honorary day, Kathmandu Metropolis organized a morning rally from Ratna Park to Lainchaur in view of Martyr’s Day.
Likewise, a contingent of Nepal Army offered a guard of honor to the martyrs at the event held in Martyr’s Memorial Park.
Several high-ranking government officials, constitutional bodies and security agencies chiefs, people’s representatives and ministers were also present at the event.
Martyr’s Day commemorates the martyrdom of Shukraraj Shastri, Dharmabhakta Mathema, Dasharath Chand Thakur and Ganga Lal Shrestha in their fight against the Rana rule in 1997 BS.