Kathmandu, Nov. 27 -- Nepal Army has yet to appoint one of the two lieutenant generals, 75 days since the position became vacant and despite legal obligation to initiate the hiring process within 15 days.

The position, also called the chief of general staff, has been vacant since September 9, the day Purna Chandra Thapa took the command of the 92,000-strong force as the Chief of Army Staff.

Currently, Hemant Kunwar is the only lieutenant general. According to Rule 6 of the Army Regulations, it is mandatory to inform the respective departments about the vacancies within seven days and to begin the hiring process within two weeks.

Currently, Maj Gen Anuj Bahadur Basnet, who ranks third, is the only contender for the vacant position. The na...