Cabinet assigns NPC to carry out reconstruction tasks in absence of NRA

KATHMANDU: The government on Thursday entrusted the National Planning Commission with carrying out post-earthquake reconstruction works till the formation of National Reconstruction Authority.

A Cabinet meeting held today made the decision to this effect.

The erstwhile Sushil Koirala-led government had registered the Bill on the National Reconstruction Authority at the Parliament. The House, however, is yet to endorse the Bill, paving ways for formation of the Authority, reportedly due to differences between major parties.

The Cabinet meeting also decided to continue the talks with the agitating Madhes-based parties in a bid to convince them on the new Constitution.

Similarly, the government would hold talks with India to lift the border blockade, said  the government spokesperson, Minister for Information and Communication Technology Sher Dhan Rai.

The government, meanwhile, decided to explore all possibilities to ease the fuel crisis the nation is currently facing following the border blockade by India.

Similarly, the government decided to operate trade activities via Sino-Nepal trade points of Tatopani and Rasuwagadhi in a bid to ease supply of daily essentials.

The meeting also decided to accept a grant of Rs 1.57 billion from the Asian Development Bank for poverty alleviation, according to Rai.

The government also decided to grant a public holiday on Kartik 25 every year to mark the birth anniversary of Kirant Dharmaguru Phalgunanda Lingden.

(With inputs from the Rastriya Samachar Samiti)