Thursday, May 28, 2009

General Staff the PLA reorganises itself

The Maoist People's Liberation Army has transferred its Division Commanders, promoted brigade commanders to deputy division commanders, and reshuffled the security squad of party chairman, Nagarik daily reported.

A meeting of the General Staff of PLA this week took such decision.

Yam Bahadur Adhikari has been transferred to the first Division in Ilam from the fourth division. Suk Bahadur Roka has been transferred to the second division from the fifth division. Dhan Bahadur Maskey Magar has been transferred to the third division from second division. Tej Bahadur Oli has been transferred to the fourth division from the sixth division. Kali Bahadur Kham Magar has been transferred to the fifth division from third division. Mahendra Bahadur Shahi has been transferred to the sixth division from seventh division.

Among those who got promoted to the post of deputy division commanders from brigade commanders are Santosh, Kuber, Singhraj and Raj Bahadur. After the promotions, the number of deputy commanders in PLA has reached 14 with two deputies in each division.

The first division commander Santu Darai will now head chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal's security squad. Earlier, the security squad was headed by deputy division commander Birendra BM. BM will now oversee the party's logistic department.

This is the third time the chairman's security squad has been reshuffled after Dahal became public. The valley task force of PLA had taken charge of the chairman's security when he became public.

Dal Jeet BK will oversee the PLA Academy and PLA sports club.

This is the first time division commanders have been transferred after the party came into peace process.

The party has said it is a normal process that takes place every year or two. It is only a coincidence that it occurred at the time when the party has just stepped down from the government.

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