Govt to form talks team for youth employment fund

Kathmandu, July 25

The government has decided to form a team for holding talks in relation to acceptance of USD 120 million proposed by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank for implementation of a project related to youth employment.

Speaking at a press conference organised in Singha Durbar today to disclose the decisions of the July 22 Cabinet meeting, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Gokul Baskota said the government had also granted approval in principle, to the authority concerned to formulate the Nepal Port Authority Bill.

Similarly, the Cabinet decided to approve 213 new positions at the Ministry of Water Supply, 50 at the Ministry of Forests and Environment and 726 at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. This decision paves the way for the ministries concerned to hire employees in the approved positions.

Minister Baskota said the Cabinet had decided to invalidate the Nepali citizenship of Indian national Munsilal Pasi, make alteration in the details to be mentioned in the national ID card and provide a cash relief of Rs 500,000 to the next of kin of Chandradev Bhatta, who was recently killed in Kanchanpur.

Similarly, the grieving families of Nirmal Sah and Ramesh Kumar Chaudhary of Rautahat district will get Rs 500,000 as cash relief. The duo, inmates of Rautahat District Prison, were killed in a road accident while being taken to the court for hearing.

The Cabinet has also decided to lease out around 41 ropani government land to Kathmandu Institute of Child Health in Budhanilkantha Municipality, Kathmandu.

Minister Baskota said other decisions included the approval of the Telecommunications (Ninth Amendment) Rules and appointment of Purusottam Prasad Khanal as chairperson of Nepal Telecommunications Authority.

Likewise, secretaries Ramesh Prasad Singh and Madhusudan Adhikari have been transferred to the Water and Energy Commission and the Ministry of Urban Development respectively.

Similarly, a report prepared by lawmaker Som Prasad Pandey and his political talks team will be submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs for necessary action and implementation as per the recommendations mentioned therein. The government has also granted approval for submission of Madan Bhandari Science and Technology University Bill to the Federal Parliament.