CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) have reached a 14-point understanding regarding the formation of new government.
The understanding signed by UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli and UCPN (Maoist) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal has come up with commitment to address issues raised by agitating Tarai-Madhesh parties, Tharu group, indigenous nationalities and different oppressed groups through dialogue.
The two leaders also agreed to reject unnecessary foreign pressure and interference by safeguarding Nepal’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, national independence and people’s right to self-decision and go for effective implementation of the new constitution protecting historical achievements institutionalized through the statute.
Underlining the need of consolidating national unity with broader support from political parties and the public on the constitution, the two parties reached an understanding to make necessary constitutional amendments in enabling environment for effective implementation of the constitution through dialogue.
The agreement also stated to expedite reconstruction and new construction works being sensitive to the national disaster resulted in by the earthquakes and implement the inclusive democracy with social justice institutionalized by the new constitution.
Formulation of policies, programs and plans keeping the nation’s development and prosperity in the center and their effective implementation, control of corruption with promoting good governance, control of price rise and ensure easy supply of daily essentials to the people are stated in the agreement paper.
Respect to people’s demand sought through a peaceful way and their sentiments and not to use of unnecessary force by the state in the peaceful agitation are included in the agreement.
As per the agreement, both parties will remain committed to executing the works of Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission into Inquiry of Displaced as per the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Peace Accord.
They also agreed to come up with a planned-wise policies and programs to arrange supplies of emergency services in immediate and long-term situations bearing in mind the unannounced blockade and its impact facing the country and the need to make the nation self-reliant.
They will remain active to ensure Nepal’s right to access to transit trade guaranteed by bilateral and multilateral conventions, agreements and covenants, respecting to the constitution promulgated by the people’s elected Constituent Assembly.
Besides, they agreed to call on the neighboring countries for normalizing the relations existing between two close neighbors.
The last point of the agreement is about maintaining friendly relations with all the countries including the neighbors on the basis of mutual respect, equality and interests in accordance with the UN’s Charter and the principle of Panchasheel adopted by the country.
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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