Yadav complains non-cooperation from Finance and Home Ministry
Forest and Soil Conservation Minister Matrika Yadav has complained that non-cooperation from Finance and Home Ministries were obstructing in its efforts to curb sandalwood smuggling.
Speaking at the Natural Resource Committee of the legislative-parliament, on Thursday, Yadav accused that police administration and revenue office did not take necessary action when his ministry had recently informed them about four containers carrying sandalwood headed towards China.
"Monitoring team of our ministry traveled to Tatopani from Kathmandu to request them to nab the containers carrying red sandalwood. Although we had coordinated with Finance and Home Ministry in Kathmandu, the police and revenue officials claimed they cannot do so at night due to insecurity. Overnight the sandalwood were smuggled into China," Yadav is quoted by Nepal Samacharpatra daily as telling at the Committee.
Yadav expressed commitment to curb the smuggling if the Home Ministry provided his ministry with police unit and the Finance Ministry agreed to finance the monitoring teams.
At the same meeting, Finance Minister Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat conceded that smuggling was on the rise and was hurting the collection of revenue. He said that due to Maoist insurgency in the past and Terai unrest at present, security posts and revenue offices were located only at major points. When Dr. Mahat said smugglers of the sandalwood could pose threat to those who try to curb the illicit trade, other MPs raised objection against his remarks saying the state should become stronger.
Give Maoists a chance to head govt : Matrika Yadav
Politburo member of the CPN (Maoist) Matrika Yadav said today that the Maoists must be allowed to lead the interim government.
Addressing a press meet organised at the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) office at Nepalgunj, Yadav said, “The Maoists must get a chance to lead the interim government. The decision to this effect will be made after forging an agreement between the seven political parties and the Maoists”.
Stating that the Maoists were ready for talks with the parties, Yadav accused the parties of trying to ignore the Maoists by extending the parliament. Stating that he was disappointed by inadequate action taken against those suppressing the Jana Andolan, Yadav said, “They should be treated as criminals”.
Yadav, who arrived here today after meeting central leaders of the CPN (Maoist) in India, said action would be taken against those extorting money. Yadav, who is also the chairman of Madhesi Liberation Front, accused India and the US of going against Nepal’s interests and trying to break the agreement between the rebels and the seven parties. He added that the two countries failed on Nepal as soon as they welcomed the King’s April 21 address. Asked about the relation between the RIM and the Maoists, Yadav said the Maoists were one step ahead of the RIM. “The situation in the country has brought us one step ahead of the RIM”.
Yadav said, “We (Maoists) will continue collecting donations but won’t go for extortion. People will decided whether or not to make donations.”
“The Maoists will not threaten or take action against those who opt against making donations,” Yadav said, adding: “The Maoists are compelled to collect donations to run the party, the militia and the Maoist government”.The nation’s crisis can be resolved peacefully, he said.
Yadav accused the government of not creating a favourable environment for talks. He also urged the government to free all the Maoist detainees.
Yadav said the Maoists have brought about the present change in the nation.