Nepal | September 19, 2019

Minister discloses recent Cabinet decisions

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, July 11

The government has decided to provide one million rupees to the family of Saroj Narayan Mahato, who was killed in police firing at Ishwarpur of Sarlahi district, last month.

Mahato was killed in police firing while staging a protest against the death of a boy on June 30. Speaking at a press conference organised in Singha Durbar today to disclose the decisions of the recent Cabinet meeting, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Gokul Baskota said the government had also decided to bear the expenses incurred for medical treatment of the persons injured during the protest.

The Cabinet has granted approval to the concerned agencies for the procurement of electric buses. The government has formed an 11-member expert group headed by the director general at the Department of Archaeology to study and analyse the reconstruction and rehabilitation process of the historical Bagh Durbar. Recently, the Supreme Court had issued an order to the government, directing it to reconstruct the archaeological structure without distorting its originality. The structure was damaged by the 2015 earthquakes.

The government has decided to increase the paid-up capital of the Deposit and Credit Guarantee Fund to Rs 10 billion from the existing Rs 8 billion, in accordance with the commitment made to the World Bank.

The government has accepted a subsidised loan equivalent to USD 100 million from International Finance Corporation of the World Bank, to be utilised in economic growth and poverty alleviation of the country.

It has decided to grant exemption in income tax to Nepal Water and Energy Development Company, the promoter of Rasuwa-based Upper Trishuli-1 Hydropower Project, lease out 4.65 hectare forest land to Rele Khola Hydropower Project in Nuwakot for 30 years, and to acquire land for the implementation of various projects at 11 local levels.

The government has decided to form a five-member talks team led by a joint secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to hold a bilateral dialogue with the Chinese delegation on June 25-26 in Beijing, for better flight connection between the two countries.

The Cabinet has also decided to submit the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority Amendment Bill and Prevention of Corruption Amendment Bill to the House of Representatives.


A version of this article appears in print on July 12, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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