KATHMANDU —Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inugurated a nation-wide awareness campaign on the new constitution amid a function Monday.
The government launched campaign “Janata Ko Sambidhan, Jantakai Majh” on Monday after almost two months of the promulgation of the new constitution, with the aim to familiarize the general public about the new constitution.
The campaign will continue till January 5, 2016.
Inaugurating the campaign, Prime Minister Oli said that the new constitution has ensured equal rights to all and that there is no reason for anyone to harbor misconception that they have been discriminated against.
“There is confusion among the Madhesi people that the constitution has segregated them, which is not true. Thus, with the aim to clear up such misconceptions and end an impasse, the campaign has been launched,” Oli said.
He said that not a not a single clause of the constitution has discriminated against any particular community. “Rather, it has ensured special rights to the marginalized, minorities and backward communities. Our constitution has guaranteed proportional and inclusive representation. Then, how can the new constitution be discriminatory,” said Prime Minister Oli.
UCPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who was also present in the inauguration function in the capital, said that genuine demands of the Madhesi, Tharu and other communities should be addressed but the demands which affect national unity and sovereignty should be and will be criticized.
“We want cordial relations with our neighbors, India and China, and we expect cooperation from them,” he said.
Similarly, former Constituent Assembly chairman Subas Chandra Nembang said that the campaign launched by the government will form the basis for implementation of the new constitution.
Stating that the constitution is amendable, he appealed to the agitating Madhesi parties to return to parliament instead of staging protests and resolve their dissatisfaction through dialogue.
The government is launching interactions in all 75 districts, municipalities and village development committees during the month-long campaign for informing the public about major provisions in the new constitution.
Politicians, incumbent and former ministers, lawmakers, civil society members and intellectuals will participate in the programs that will be organized in the district headquarters across the .
Likewise, municipalities and village development committee offices will also hold interaction programs with locals, political leaders and other stakeholders on major provisions of the new constitution as part of the special campaign.Follow @gorkhapost
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
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