Protests will disrupt polls: Minister

Pokhara, August 18:

Minister for Education and Sports Pradip Nepal said agitations staged before the constituent assembly polls will disrupt the polls.

Addressing a press meet organised by the Kaski chapter of the Nepal Press Union today, Nepal said: “The goal of all the parties is to hold the CA polls. If any group or party stages agitation before the polls, it will obstruct the polls.” He also urged the parties concerned to press with their demands after the CA polls. He said that the polls will have to be held in two phases if the Tarai problem is not resolved by then. Stating that the polls would be held on schedule, he said: “The eight-party leaders should not give statements against the polls and should not announce protest plans that disrupt the polls.”

About the government’s education plan, he said ‘one-child-one-laptop policy’ will be implemented from Mustang. “Over 7,000 proposed secondary and lower secondary schools have been upgraded to grade 12 this year,” he said.

“The government has made a special provision of scholarship with a view to making education accessible to all, including the Dalits and underprivileged sections of the society,” he said.

He also said that the government has drafted a law to prevent political intervention in the appointment of officials in universities. He blamed the Prime Minister for delay in the appointment of registrars and rectors in the universities.