Talks with UDMF to be decisive, says Minister Rai

POKHARA: Minister for Information and Communications Technology, Sherdhan Rai, has expressed the view that the talks with the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) would be decisive and the country would get an outlet from the current deadlock on Tuesday.

At a press conference organised by the Press Chautari Nepal, Kaski, here today morning, Minister Rai said that the date for the talks with the agitating UDMF would be determined within a few days.

He further said that continuous talks would he held until any decision is reached and the unannounced border blockade is put to an end.

He said that the government would not remain silent and would move ahead as per the constitution and law if the dialogue with the UDMF ends inconclusive.

Stating that attention of the government has been drawn towards making the media sector systematic, effective, safe and disciplined, the Communications Minister Rai said that process for the formation of Media Academy has moved ahead as well as the Working Journalist Act and journalist accident insurance programmes would be implemented immediately.

The construction task of international airport in Pokhara would be started within next two months, informed Minister Rai.

Similarly, Minister Rai objected over the mistreatment to President Bidya Devi Bhandari by the UDMF in Janakpur.