The cabinet meeting in morning decided to appoint Paudel to the post. With the decision Paudel will be automatically designated as the Chief Secretary from August 6.
Earlier the coalition partner Joint Democratic Madheshi Front (JDMF) had backed Umakant Jha’s nomination for the post claiming for inclusive bureaucracy.
Though most of the cabinet members agreed with the decision, Minister for Industry Anil Kumar Jha expressed reservations against the decision.
He accused the JDMF leaders for loosing the chance to appoint the first Madeshi first secretary by backtracking from their stance.
According to government Spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communications Raj Kishor Yadav, promoted Secretary Poudel has been assigned to work as an acting chief secretary until the retirement of Ghimire and will be automatically promoted to the post since then.
The meeting also extended thanks to incumbent Chief Secretary Ghimire for his successful performance in the civil service and has wished for his successful life after retirement.
The post of Chief Secretary is taken as the supreme post in the Civil Service. Acting Chief Secretary Poudel has been in the Civil Service for the past two decades.
He has already served as the secretary of tourism, industry, commerce, information and communication and home ministries. He was also the consular general of Nepal to Lhasa, People’s Republic of China
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