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Seminar on Civil Military Relation: In Present Socio-Political Environment of Nepal

Army Command & Staff College organized one-day seminar on "Civil Military Relation: In Present Socio-Political Environment of Nepal" on 31st January 2019. Senior Government Officials, Academia, Senior Officials from the Sister Security Organizations, Media Personnel, Ex Commandants and retired Generals and the participants from Nepali Army including National and International students of Serial No 25 Army Command and Staff Course, participated in the seminar.
The Commandant of the College, Maj Gen Ishwar Hamal welcomed all the distinguished guests and the participants.
The seminar was inaugurated by the Honorable Deputy Prime Minister & Ministry of Defence Mr Ishwar Pokhrel. During his inaugural speech, Honorable Minister applauded the college for organizing this sort of seminars on such pertinent topic. He commended the Nepali Army for remaining accountable to the people during various political shifts. Similarly, he also apprised all the participants about the ministry's consciousness on the fact that military should always remain professional and apolitical force in Nepal.
During the seminar, the Guest of Honour, Chief of the Army Staff General Purna Chandra Thapa expressed the importance of such seminars and appreciated the initiative being taken by College. In his key address, he affirmed that Nepali Army was committed in supporting the government's objective: Samriddha Nepal, Sukhi Nepali, (Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali). Furthermore, the COAS also reiterated that Nepali Army was strongly committed to abide by democratic civilian control.
The seminar was conducted in three sessions. The first one involved a presentation on Conceptual Framework and suggested model of Civil Military Relations. Candid opinion on the presentation by Former Secretary Mr Kashi Raj Dahal was provided by Dr Bhimarjun Acharya, Maj Gen Himalaya Thapa (Retd) and Honorary Maj Gen Ramindra Chhetri as panelists. Similarly, the second presentation was on Role of Ministry of Defence for strengthening Civil-Military Relations in the changed socio-political context of Nepal by the Honourable Member of the Parliament Dr Deepak Prasad Bhatt. The panelists for this session were Maj Gen Purna B. Silwal (Retd), Maj Gen Jagdish Chandra Pokhrel (Retd) and Mr Prateek Pradhan. The final session was the consolidation session by Former Secretary Mr Jaya Mukunda Khanal and Lt Gen Bala Nanda Sharma (Retd), who presented their views on overall discussions.
The seminar was finally concluded by the Chief of the Staff Lt Gen Sarad Giri who thanked all the distinguished guests, participants and the college for their contributions on the success of the seminar. On his concluding remarks the COS highlighted on the salient points brought out on various sessions primarily; the importance of constitutional supremacy, the need to reaffirm professionalization of Nepali Army, suggestions on restructuring Ministry of Defence etc.

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