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MoFA preparing criteria for diplomatic appointments; online center for passport


KATHMANDU: As there is high political intervention in the appointment of diplomats, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has formed a panel to set the criteria for ambassadorial appointment.

Organizing a press conference on Friday, spokesperson of the Ministry Arjun Bahadur Thapa informed that the ministry is mulling to set criteria as the government is to make appointment of ambassadors to India and the United Nations. The panel is mandated to submit its report within a month.

“We did not have such criteria before,” he said, adding that the move is part of the good governance plan launched by the erstwhile government. The new criteria will include age bar, language proficiency and conduct.

Thapa said the ministry is also engaged in charting out a foreign policy manual. The ministry is also preparing another policy on what sort of candidature policy Nepal should have and what sort of candidacy should it support in the international forum.

He also informed that the government is setting up enrollment centers for filling up national passports online. The online project is meant to receive filled-up passport forms from almost all district headquarters and Nepali diplomatic outposts so as to reduce the time-consuming process of procuring the document.

“The project will significantly cut the time required to get the passport,” Thapa added. Thapa said once applicants fill up forms and apply from district headquarters and foreign missions, these forms automatically link up with the server of the Department of Passports at Narayanhiti.

MoFA has estimated that the internet-based project will cost one billion rupees. Thapa says the project will start once the Ministry of Finance sanctions the proposed amount.

Currently, one has to wait for 35 days to two months, depending on remoteness of the districts concerned, to get the passport. The fast-track service will enable the seeker to get the passport within a week by paying Rs 10,000, which is twice the normal fees.

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