KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday appealed the general people to contribute financially for the rebuilding of the iconic Dharahara announcing himself to contribute one month’s salary for the same.
The historic Dharahara was crumpled in the staggering April 25 earthquake, murdering more than 30 people.
The PM made the announcement amid a program sorted out by Nepal Tourism Board and Kathmandu Metropolitan City to confirm the commitment at higher political level towards rebuilding of historical sites.
“We want to reconstruct Dharahara, the image of our pride, by funds from Nepali people, as this will give the message of national unity. Thus, I appeal to all Nepalis at home and abroad to contribute funds for its restoration,” PM Oli said on the occasion.
At the function, the slogan “I will rebuild my Dharahara myself” was launched for mobilizing the general public to contribute to the reconstruction.
“We have decided to restore the monument through our own domestic resources rather than seeking any foreign aid as the tower is directly associated with our country’s history and identity.
Oli said that the government decided to reconstruct the monument through public contributions as that would not only result in the reconstruction starting immediately but also create a sense of ownership among the people.
Deputy Prime Ministers Kamal Thapa and Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, other Cabinet ministers and Chairperson of the UCPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal were also present at the programme.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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