KATHMANDU: The government on Friday decided to provide Rs 20 million to the Sagarmatha Peace Journey group, led by UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s son Prakash, to scale Mount Everest.
The meeting of Council of Ministers held at Singha Durbar this morning allotted the sum to the group that is leaving for the expedition of the world's highest peak on March 29, Minister for Physical Planning and Works Hridayesh Tripathi informed the media.
The group had been asking the government to provide Rs 30 million for the expedition.
The peace journey is planned as a symbolic journey from Lord Buddha's birthplace Lumbini to Mt Everest, wishing for lasting peace in the country.
Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai had formally inaugurated the peace journey on March 1 in Lumbini.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet decided to amend the Civil Service Act-1994 in a bid to facilitate transfer of civil servants from mid-July to mid-September.
The Cabinet also decided to build the Republic Monument inside the Narayanhiti Palace premises. Earlier, the CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal-led government had decided to build the monument at Ratna Park.