Diplomatic efforts on for easing supplies: PM Oli

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said diplomatic initiatives are ongoing for alleviating the shortage of daily consumer goods and petroleum products that the Nepali people are grappled with due to the uneasy situation that has developed at the Nepal-India border.

PM Oli, who recently took over reins of the government as the 38th Prime Minister of the country, said this in a meeting with the office-holders of various student organisations who had reached the Prime Minister's official residence at Baluwatar today to congratulate him and also to hand over a memorandum drawing the government's attention to the present condition of the country.

According to UP Lamichhane, spokesman of the Nepal Students Union (NSU), who was also present in the meeting, PM Oli said that the incumbent government was seriously engaged towards removing the obstruction at the border with India and also in the Terai-Madhes while keeping the national integrity intact.

"The government has adopted various ways to free the country of the present situation of unease and I am hopeful of a quick way out," Lamichhane quoted PM Oli as saying.

The student organisations, through the memorandum, drew the Prime Minister's attention to the need of resolving the problems related to the Terai-Madhes by means of political dialogue and of making diplomatic efforts for making the daily life of the people which is becoming difficult due to the undeclared border blockade by India. They have also drawn the government's attention for making concrete efforts for the supply of fuel from alternative routes.

Likewise, the student organisations have called for drawing the attention of the international community to ensure the transit rights of a land-locked country Nepal and for taking strong action against people involved in black marketeering taking undue advantage of the current difficult situation.