Have been working to bring disgruntled parties into consensus for statute, says PM

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Koirala stressed that all should be responsible to institutionalise peace, stability and the republic as the country cannot sustain any type of conflict.

He said he has been taking initiatives to bring the parties, putting forth their different opinions regarding constitution writing, into consensus.

Addressing an award ceremony in the Capital, PM Koirala said, "The country has been fighting for a century for socio-economic transformation. Time has come to put it into reality. Let's all unite for the same."

On the occasion, three personalities from different sectors were honoured with this year's Pushpalal National Award.

Those are culture expert Satya Mohan Joshi, political leader Shanta Chaudhary and Prof at Patna University, India, Rajendra Ram.

The award is presented by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation every year. The award carries a purse of Rs 100,000 each and a letter of honour.

At a programme jointly organised by the Ministry and the Pushpalal Memorial Foundation here today, Prime Minister Koirala presented the honours to them.

The Ministry has been presenting the award to three personalities for their remarkable contribution to politics, literature, culture and science sectors as per the policies and programmes incorporated by the government for the fiscal year 2011/12.

Joshi was awarded for his contribution in conservation and promotion of Nepali language and culture, leader Chaudhary for her contribution to the uplifting of the poor class including the landless and kamalaris and Prof Ram for his contribution to research on the late leader and founder of the Communist Party of Nepal, Pushpalal.

Speaking at the function, former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Pushpalal Memorial Foundation, Madhav Kumar Nepal, expressed the view that the new generation can learn from the personality of life of BP Koirala and Pushpalal.

Likewise, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Kripasur Sherpa, expressed the commitment to increase the amount of the prize in days ahead.