KATHMANDU — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kamal Thapa, has said that transport and supply management would be smoother as the obstacles seen at the Nepal-India border and unannounced blockade imposed by India would end soon.
In today’s meeting of the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee under the Legislature-Parliament, DPM Thapa he was hopeful and confident that the problems would be resolved soon due to his recent talks with Indian leaders. He further said that the government should continue give continuity to the diplomatic initiative for the same.
Stating that Nepali people have been facing hard time while the country endures economic and human crisis due to the agitation of the Madhes-based political parties and blockade imposed by India, DPM Thapa said that initiatives were underway to resolve the problems through political and diplomatic channels.
Foreign Affairs Minister Thapa said formal and informal meetings were held in different phases to resolve the existing problems, saying the government, main opposition party as well as other political parties held deep initiative in course of addressing the demands put forth by Madhes-centric parties through agitation.
He said it has been clearly seen that the differences are narrowing down. The DPM shared the information that the common proposal has addressed the important demands of the agitating parties, saying it was the great achievement itself to prepare a common proposal by the ruling and opposition parties to address the demands of Madhes-based parties.
“Although the agitating parties have not made their positive view over the proposal. The proposal will contribute to maintain forging national consensus in days ahead.”
The Foreign Minister said talks were underway with different countries including China to find out alternative to the problem surfaced in supply and added that the world has praised the new constitution of Nepal, saying it was inclusive and proportional.
On the occasion, committee members questioned Minister Thapa why the result-oriented initiative was not taken to end the existing problem.
They suggested to give priority to the work of searching alternative to make the country self-dependent.
PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted
KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.
Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.
The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.
The newly ministers are as follows :
Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation
CPN Maoist Centre
Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet, had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.Follow @gorkhapost