Wednesday, December 26, 2018

NTA chairperson Jha resigns

After three month-and-a-half of his appointment, the chairperson of Nepal Telecom Authority (NTA) Digambar Jha has resigned from his post. He submitted his resignation to communication minister Gokul Baskota today afternoon.
Sensing that the incumbent KP Sharma Oli-led government is going to sack him due to the pressure from within the party, he has put in this paper today afternoon. Before the election, he was appointed by the then Sher Bahadur Dueba-led government. But Jha lost his job after a cabinet meeting on July 4 decided to scrap the appointment made by the erstwhile government of Deuba. Jha had moved the court against the decision of the government. But after agreement with the communication minister Baskota, he took his case back.
Later, Jha was re-appointed as the chairperson of the regulator of the telecommunications sector on September 6 through 'open competition'. It was his third stint as the chairperson of the NTA. But his appointment was controversial within the ruling party itself, and outside of the party.
After a Standing Committee meeting of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) last week extensively criticised his appointment, some 43 leaders of the ruling party – the day before – has also submitted a memorandum to the chairperson duo KP Sharma Oli and Puspa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' asking them to sack the 'corrupt' Jha. Minister Baskota has been blamed for appointing him by taking bribe.
Feeling the heat, Jha today morning organised a press meet and blamed the ruling party for his character assassination. He also challenged them to prove the corruption charge. He claimed that he was going to scrap the licence of UTL, STL and CG as they have been only holding the licence. "There are only two players, Nepal telecom and Ncell, which are serving the customers," he said, adding that one additional multinational player will be enough for the domestic market.

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