Statement on an article that links the Consulate office to an unrelated commercial enterprise

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Ref: MR-03/17

13 January 2017

Media Release

The Consulate General Office of Nepal to Victoria always strives to best serve the Nepalese community in Victoria

This media release is being issued by the Consulate General Office of Nepal to Victoria as a result of a recent online news article published on 22 December 2016 which sought to connect this office to an unrelated commercial enterprise.

The Consulate General Office of Nepal to Victoria, being a Government entity, is independent, separate and distinct to any commercial enterprise that the publication sought to connect it to.  It was disappointing to learn that the publication sought to improperly imply and link the affairs of the Consulate General Office to the commercial enterprise of Gurkhas Institute of Technology Pty Ltd (t/as Royal Gurkhas Institute of Technology (RGIT) Australia) (“RGIT”).  Equally, it was regrettable to learn that the Consulate General Office and its services were inappropriately connected with the commercial enterprise of RGIT. Moreover, it is noteworthy that the author of the publication did not contact the Consulate General Office to afford it an opportunity to clarify prior to publishing the said article.

The Consulate General Office of Nepal to Victoria has been very proudly serving the community since its inception more than 30 years ago and in particular, the Hon. Consul-General Mr Chandra Yonzon is very proud to say that has been working extremely hard in continuing to serve the community since his appointment as Hon. Consul-General of Nepal to Victoria in July 2008.  The Consulate General Office strives to serve the Nepalese community in Victoria and is very proud of its numerous achievements and outstanding results over the years, which extend from organising and facilitating events and promoting Nepal to Victorians and Australians; promoting the culture of Nepal in Victoria; assisting the Nepalese community in Victoria to forge strong relationships and connections both with other Nepalese and Australians; and forge bilateral relations (both political and commercial) between Nepal and Australia.

A core aspect of the Consulate General Office, for which it takes great pride in, has always been to actively provide consular assistance to the many Nepalese in Melbourne. Areas of assistance include passport and visa issues; legal and advice services; support in matters such as human rights violations and domestic violence issues; assistance in counselling and legal support for arrested Nepalese; translation assistance; repatriation of deceased persons; fundraising and gathering financial support for the underprivileged; seeking and providing support for Nepalese students during their difficult times; and many other important services. The Consulate General Office will continue to strive in fulfilling its responsibility towards the Nepalese community in Victoria.

The Consulate General Office considers the publication inappropriate as it seeks to cast an adverse inference upon its office.  As such, the Consulate General Office will not accept any unwarranted attempts to bring its office (including any of its staff) into disrepute or tarnish its good name and reputation amongst the Nepalese community in Victoria and the broader community in Australia.

The Consulate General Office promotes unity amongst the Nepalese community. It is a cultural attribute of the Nepalese community that during difficult times, we always find our solace and strength in our ability to support each other and remain united.

Should any member of the public have any concerns regarding the affairs of the Consulate General Office, we welcome you to contact the Consulate General Office directly to seek further clarification.

Media Contact:

Niru Tripathi, Public Relations Officer

(03) 9650 8338

info@nepalconsulate.net.au