HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The medals meant for the first batch of recipients of state honours, announced two years ago, are almost ready.
The Department of Cottage and Small Scale Industries, Patan, has handed the medals to the Nepali Army’s Sundarijal Arsenal for polishing, according to an official at the Home Ministry.
The plan to confer the state honours on the selected lot before the Republic Day (May 28) is likely to be delayed as the government is planning to celebrate the day in a grand manner, unlike Democracy Day and Loktantra Diwas.
“There is a chance that the new batch of state honours will be announced on the Republic Day,” informed a source.
The medal minting process took more than a year due to soaring prices of gold and precious stones used in the medals and lack of craftsmen and equipment.
The department tasked with casting 232 decorations, orders and medals has so far made decorations of Nepal Ratna Malla, Rastra Gaurab, Rastra Deep and Janasewa Shree.