The government of Japan is to provide Rs 10.39 billion 'policy loan' assistance for Nepal's economic development and productivity.

A Cabinet meeting held yesterday decided to accept the loan assistance.

At a news conference organised at Singha Durbar today to release the decisions of the Cabinet meeting, Minister of Communications and Information technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, said this.

The meeting also decided to approve Police Regulations (ninth amendment)-2021, to appoint Yadu Lal Kharel as Additional Chief Investigation Director of the National Investigation Department to be effective from January 7 and determine the minimum purchase price of sugarcane at Rs 520 per quintal for the current fiscal.

Similarly, the government decided to forward preliminary activities of land acquisition for different power distribution centres and transmission lines, to designate Chief of Drug Control Section of the Home Ministry and Assistant Chief District Officer of all District Administration Offices as drug control officer, and to provide Rs 300,000 financial assistance to acid attack survivor Muskan Khatun, added Minister Karki.

The meeting has given approval for partnership agreement for the construction of a motorable bridge over the Mahakali River of Darchula linking Nepal and India, for appointing Surendra Basent of Jhapa as vice-chairperson of the National Youth Council, and for giving first priority to cutting down trees within the areas of large projects, which are national priority projects, for carrying out research to identify carbon reserves in the forest area.

Also, Minister Karki said that the government decided to publish regular edition of Nepal Gazette on Monday and Thursday every week, to give permission to Gorkhapatra to acquire land for construction of go-down building and to promote Gazetted (first-class) Joint-secretary Krishna Bahadur Raut to the post of special class.

Responding to a query, Minister Karki clarified that the government was committed to right to information and the government's decisions were not restricted.

A version of this article appears in the print on January 7, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.