Minister of Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal has said the dream of a prosperous Nepal will come true only when the living standard of people under the poverty line improves.

Inaugurating the fourth central general convention of the Nepal National Employees Organisation, Rastriya Banijya Bank Limited here today, the minister asserted that everyone was responsible for liberating the country from poverty.

"Our roles and responsibilities should not be merely determined by the commercial lens."

"Although people's war led to the advent of big political change in the country, no substantive changes were seen in people's lives.

That's why politicians, bureaucrats and business community are being criticised," she said. She said the decision of the ministry to provide free electricity service to those families consuming up to 20 units of electricity would benefit 2.85 million households.

Besides, it has been decided to reduce electricity tariff and opt for a policy of encouraging people to use electricity for cooking. Likewise, as per the decisions of the ministry, farmers will not be charged for electricity used for shallow tube well irrigation purpose and there will be 50 per cent discount in tariff for the use of deep tube well, according to the energy minister.

The minister asserted that RBB should develop itself as a 'brand bank' by fulfilling its social and civic responsibility. "The state is always on its side for its good endeavours."

The minister also said members of the Federal Parliament have their bank accounts in the RBB for salary encashment and this was possible only after long efforts.

On the occasion, RBB CEO Kiran Kumar Shrestha sought the government's role for the growth of the size of the bank's capital.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 14 2021, of The Himalayan Times.