KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that right to information is a fundamental feature of democracy.
Prime Minister Oli said that use of right to information would contribute to build a sound society while receiving a report on works performed by the incumbent leadership of National Information Commission today.
He said all should know that information regarding the issues related to national sovereignty, integrity and national interest as well as issues related to crime and terrorism, which were under investigation, could not be provided, directing the Commission to suggest a proper way to provide information.
“It is necessary to pay attention to the time and situation as well while implementing the right to information and disseminating information,” PM Oli said.
He also called one and all to involve in the campaign of national development with determination.
On the occasion, Commission Chairman Krishna Hari Banskota informed that in response to the complaints related to implementation of right to information filed at the Commission so far since its establishment, 1,747 directives were issued.
Banskota said that the Commission issued 940 directives in the past one year and stressed the need of adding the word ‘information disclosure’ during amendment to the new Constitution as this wording was not incorporated in the historic charter.
Commission members Kiran Pokharel and Yashoda Adhikari and Secretary Sharadraj Bista also expressed their views on the occasion.
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