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Nepal district chief wins in Integrity Idol title in show

AFP
Published : Jan 11, 2016, 3:21 am IST
Updated : Jan 11, 2016, 3:21 am IST

Nepali bureaucrat Pradip Raj Kandel on Sunday clinched the title of Integrity Idol, a televised talent show-styled initiative that awards honest civil servants.

Nepali bureaucrat Pradip Raj Kandel on Sunday clinched the title of Integrity Idol, a televised talent show-styled initiative that awards honest civil servants.

The contest, in its second year, saw over 50,000 people cast their votes via text message and social media in a bid to encourage honesty in the corruption-ridden Hima-layan nation, where many citizens are forced to pay bribes for essential services.

The chief district officer of Gulmi in eastern Nepal, Mr Kandel won votes for his people-centric approach to bring positive changes in the district.

“I feel proud today and feel that I am representing many hard-working civil servants of Nepal,” Mr Kandel said after winning the title, which does not come with any prizes.

“Initiatives such as this inspire us to be responsible and accountable.”

Mr Kandel has run several successful campaigns in Gulmi to improve literacy, promote hygiene and cleanliness and ensure the efficiency of his office.

He beat four other finalists — a women rights worker, a conservation officer, and two educators. — who were shortlisted after non-profit group Accountability Lab Nepal launched a nationwide campaign last April.

Gyan Mani Nepal, an education official, was crowned the first Integrity Idol in 2015.

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