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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has called an all-party meeting Saturday to talk about Madhes movement, reconstruction and budgetary issues.

The PM has invited all political parties represented in the parliament on the eve of parliament’s budget session, which is scheduled to begin from May 3.

As per the PM’s press advisor, Pramod Dahal, Oli will talk about the reconstruction process and the financial budget session of the parliament with the leaders.

“He will brief the leaders about the government’s policy and program and the budget. He will also discuss about the upcoming parliament session and urge political parties to support the reconstruction works by mobilizing volunteers,” said Dahal.

The PM was likely to urge all the political parties to send volunteers, along with engineers deployed by the government, to help assist reconstruction in the earthquake-affected districts, according to Dahal.

Meanwhile, Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar held a meeting with the chief whips of all parliamentary parties on Friday and discussed the business of budget session.

According to Bhanubhakta Dhakal, the chief whip of CPN-UML, the meeting was mainly about scheduling the business of the upcoming session, including the dates for presentation of government’s policy and programs and pre-budget discussions.

Earlier, Speaker Gharti met Nepali Congress Chairman and parliamentary party leader Sher Bahadur Deuba on Friday at his residence and urged Deuba to seek ways to settle disputes regarding the parliamentary regulation.

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Govt fixes 18 ministries including Office of PM in Center

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KATHMANDU — The government has fixed 18 ministries, including the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) from the current 30, at the central level, under the new federal setup.

A cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar on Friday fixed the number of ministries including the OPMCM at 18.

The Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to limit the Cabinet to 18 ministries, including the Prime Minister’s Office, according to Environment Minister Lal Babu Pandit.

“Now the number of ministries will be 18, with the OPMCM included,” Minister Pandit told reporters following the cabinet meeting.

The cabinet decision comes two days after leaders of the left alliance–CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center)–agreed to bring down the number of ministries to 18 at the federal level.

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The new constitution has stated the central government can have a maximum of 25 ministers, including the prime minister.

Besides the OPMCM, the proposed 17 ministries are the federal affairs and general administration; ministries of finance and planning; foreign affairs; defense; physical infrastructure and transport; health and population; information and communications; law, justice and parliamentary affairs; culture, tourism and civil aviation; labor, employment, women and children; urban development, drinking water and sanitation; and agriculture, cooperatives and land management; education and sports; home affairs; forest and environment; water resources and energy; industry, commerce and supplies.

Likewise, the Cabinet meeting has also appointed CPN-UML politburo member Bishnu Rimal as Chief Political Advisor to PM. Earlier, Rimal had served as the chief political advisor during Oli’s previous premiership.

The decision will come into effect after the government endorses the proposal on the jurisdictions of the 17 ministries, according to OPMCM officials.

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