Commission reports to be made public

KATHMANDU: A Cabinet meeting held today decided to publicise the reports submitted by various commissions formed in the past to probe into cases of killings, incidents and issues.

As per the decision, the government will make public the reports submitted by Jail Reform Recommendation Commission and commissions formed to probe the killing of Ashish Manandar and Ritesh Rauniyar, and Bheri Bridge collapse, among others.

Rights activists and people affected by the incidents have been pressing for the release of the reports for long.

The government also decided to form a judicial commission to look into July 17 police firing in Saptari which killed Akhilendra Kumar Yadav of Bishnupur-4 and injured five others. The Cabinet also agreed to form a council on climate change headed by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to address the global concern.

The government has appointed Sugat Ratna Kanshakar as the executive chairman of Nepal Airlines Corporation and Ram Ashish Gupta as the chairman of Janakpur Cigarette Factory.

Integrated relief package for the diarrhoea-hit people has also been agreed on. “We will work out the package for the diarrhoea-hit after consultations with political parties,” Minister for Information and Communications Shankar Pokharel said. In his visit to the mid-western districts of Rukum and Jajarkot, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal had declared to provide relief to the diarrhoea victims.

Health Minister Uma Kanta Chaudhary told mediapersons that there was no dearth of medicine and doctor in the affected areas. “Polluted water and lack of awareness among the remote folks has made it tough to contain the epidemic,” he said, adding that there were 18 temporary treatment camps in Jajarkot alone. The meeting, however, did not take a decision on the fate of Bijay Nath Bhattarai, Nepal Rastra Bank governor prosecuted by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority and given a clean-chit by Supreme Court recently.

The apex court redemption of Bhattarai has created a confusion over the de jure NRB governor. Minister Chaudhary said tomorrow’s meeting would finalise the deal on the appointment of secretaries at ministries and constitutional bodies.