KATHAMANDU, July 14: The newly-formed Sher Bahadur Deuba-led cabinet has decided to administer vaccines against COVID-19 to all eligible citizens across the country by March next year.
The first meeting of the newly-formed cabinet held late evening on Tuesday made a decision to this effect. According to Minister Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, the meeting decided to vaccinate one of the total population by mid-October and all eligble citizens by mid-March, 2022.
The first cabinet meeting also decided to provide the risk allowance promised earlier to the frontline medical and security personnel working during the COVID-19 pandemic. The outgoing K P Oli-led government had promised them the allowance but denied that later.
Meanwhile, all the four newly-appointed ministers have assumed their office on Tuesday evening itself. Along with Prime Minister Deuba, four ministers -- Bal Krishna Khand (Home), Janardan Sharma (Finance), Gyanendra Bahadur Karki (Law) and Pampha Bhusal (Energy)-- had taken oath of office and secrecy as ministers.