Chitwan, January 8

Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Co-chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said an agreement has been reached with the main opposition Nepali Congress to move ahead with consensus on the national agenda.

Addressing a meeting of District Reconstruction Coordination Committee of Chitwan in Bharatpur today, Dahal said an agreement between his party and NC was struck last evening to move ahead in a united manner on matters related to development and reconstruction.

“It was a small meeting involving the prime minister, me and the NC president Sher Bahadur Deuba, along with other senior leaders where we reached understanding on moving ahead unitedly on the national agenda,” informed Dahal, adding there was no option to moving ahead together to address the larger agenda of prosperity and development.

“Just as we’ve agreed to move ahead united on issues of national importance, the people’s representatives at the local level must also be ready to proceed in a united manner on major issues such as post-earthquake reconstruction,” Dahal argued.

National Reconstruction Authority Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyawali informed about preparations to delegate part of its jurisdiction to local bodies. “The authority won’t be there after two years, so we’re in the process of handing over our power to the local level considering the fact that things done at the local level’s initiatives under its watch tend to be sustainable,” he observed.

The NRA today signed contract with the chiefs and their deputies of one metropolis, four municipalities and one rural municipality on sharing jurisdiction. The contract could not be signed with Madi Municipality as the representatives were absent at the programme.