Cabinet appoints Gurung as TRC chairman, Mallik as CIED head

Kathmandu, Feb.10: The government on Tuesday appointed the heads and members in the two much awaited commissions related to Nepal's peace process- Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearance (CIED).

The government appointed as chairmen to Surya Kiran Gurung, former secretary general at the parliament secretariat and former appellate court's chief justice Lokendra Mallik of TRC and CIED respectively, Minister for Law, Justice, Constituent Assembly and Federal Affairs Narahari Acharya said.

A meeting of the Council of Minister took the decision to this effects held at Singha Durbar this morning. 

The names of five the officials in the two commissions were recommended by a five-member recommendation committee headed by former Supreme Court chief justice Om Bhakta Shrestha on Monday.

The Committee formed on June 16, handed over its report to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Monday.

According to Minister Acharya, the terms of both the commissions would be for two years and could be extended for one year if fails to submit report within the two years envisaged by the Act Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearance (CIED)-2071 under clause 3.

Other appointed members on TRC include Leela Udashi, Krishna Subedi, Dr. Madhavi Bhatta and Manchala Jha, while, members for CIED include Bijul Bishwokarma, Prof. Dr. Bishnu Pathak, Narakumari Gurung and Aai Bahadur Gurung.

The recommendation committee finalized the name lists of the officials after eight months long processes.

The government has also thanked the recommendation committee headed by Shrestha and Sudeep Pathak, Prof. Dr. Ghana Shyam Lal Das, Pradeep Pokharel, Shanti Devi Khanal for successfully submitting the name list without controversy.

The committee recommended the names for formation of the two commissions as per the mandate of the Comprehensive Peace Accord signed between the then government and the Maoist side on December 9, 2006.

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