KATHMANDU, April 24: Former President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav has stressed on the need of institutionalizing the democracy attained through people's movement.
Inaugurating the Youth SAARC Regional Summit organized by the Youth Parliament of Nepal here on Monday, former President Yadav expressed concern that the democracy that has been achieved as the outcome of 70 years of struggle was still under the shadows due to the bickering among the political parties and it needed to be institutionalized.
He appreciated the incumbent government for trying to accommodate some sections having issues with the present constitution.
"Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has made attempts to accommodate the disgruntled sides. This is a good work. The country will take a leap forward when the demands of the disgruntled sides are addressed," the former President said, urging the political parties to go for the election by accommodating the communities left out at the time of issuing the constitution.
He also stressed on attaining economic prosperity for the country by establishing peace and stability concluding the three tiers of elections.
Former President Yadav expressed regrets saying that only one-third of the post-earthquake rebuilding has been accomplished and the government has not been able to provide relief to the earthquake affected.
Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat said the government was committed to holding the local level election and the country would move ahead in a new way after the election. He added that the youth could lend a significant contribution to the development of the SAARC, suggesting SAARC to carry out its works keeping youths in priority.
Ambassador of India to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri, Bangladesh's ambassador to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams and Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed, among other speakers highlighted the youth's role in the advancement of the SAARC region and the need for the regional body to give appropriate place to the youths.
Twenty-five youths from the eight SAARC member countries will deliberate on the challenges to sustainable development in the region in the Summit that will conclude on Wednesday. RSS