Kathmandu, April 6:
Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Ram Chandra Paudel said today that the government will work for the rehabilitation of conflict victims and carry out reconstruction works through a â€œone-door policyâ€.
â€œThis ministry has been given the responsibility of carrying out reconstruction works and establishing peace. We are committed to meeting the goals for which the ministry was set up,â€ he said at a press conference organised in his office. This is the first press conference of the newly-established ministry. A Peace Council will be formed to carry out reconstruction works and rehabilitate conflict victims. â€œThe Peace Council will have representation of eight parties. We have asked the political parties to recommend names for the council,â€ he said. The council will have committees at districts and VDCs.
Paudel refused to say how much funds the ministry will need to carry out reconstruction and rehabilitation. â€œIt is too early to talk about the budget,â€ he said.
â€œThe Maoists have become a part of the government and they will return the seized property of people,â€ he said, adding, â€œWe believe that the property will be returned to the owners on time.â€ He added that the Maoists cannot occupy any property and show the presence of a state within a state.