PM says preparations for local polls at final stage

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal today said the government was in the final stage of preparations for the much-awaited local polls.

At a programme held by Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction on the occasion of International Day of Peace here, PM Dahal said the government was committed to hold local polls on stipulated time.

Meanwhile, Dahal stressed on the need of forging unity among people of the mountainous, hilly and Tarai regions for strengthening internal national unity.

"Nepal's peace process started in a traditional fashion and we concluded the important task of army integration and arms management in an easy and traditional way. Now we should not delay in concluding the remaining works of the peace process," he said. Laying heavy emphasis on the importance of not promoting impunity, PM Dahal vowed to book those involved in crimes of serious nature.

Also emphasising the importance of discouraging impunity, PM Dahal vowed to book those involved in crimes of serious nature.

On the occasion, the PM shared his belief that the peace and reconstruction work would move forward in a way to create reconciliation in society as per the practices of transitional justice around the world.

Peace and Reconstruction Minister, Sita Devi Yadav, said the government had been providing economic assistance to the victimised for peace management in the country while rehabilitating the conflict-stricken after the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA).

The Ministry's Secretary, Suman Prasad Sharma, apprised the participants of the works carried out by the Ministry till date and also spoke about the importance of establishment of peace in the country for sustainable development and prosperity.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Chairman Surya Kiran Gurung and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons Chairman Lokendra Mallik demanded social justice to the conflict-stricken.

'The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace' is the theme for this year's International Day of Peace.