Government to face no confidence motion

Published On: July 16, 2016 01:00 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 16: A cabinet meeting held on Friday has decided that the government would face the no-confidence motion registered at Parliament by the ruling CPN (Maoist Center) and the Nepali Congress (NC).

The Maoists and the NC filed the no confidence motion against Prime Minister Oli on Wednesday following the withdrawal of support by the Maoist Center, a major coalition partner, to the Oli-led government.

"The government is under no obligation to step down just because a no confidence motion has been registered against it at Parliament. Instead, the government will face the no confidence motion," Minister for Information and Communications Sher Dhan Rai said.

The ruling CPN-UML had made its position clear even before the cabinet decision, as the party's standing committee meeting had already urged its leaders in the government to face the no confidence motion and not quit the government voluntarily.

Meanwhile, the cabinet has decided to provide Rs 10 million to Aditya Academy, which has been named after the so-called Google boy Aditya Dahal.  

Likewise, the meeting also decided to appoint Bhawani Rana and Rajesh Kaji Shrestha as members of the Investment Board.

"The meeting also decided to promote joint-secretaries Mani Ram Ojha and Pursottam Poudel to the post of secretary," said Minister Rai. While Ojha has been promoted under the legal service, Poudel has been promoted under the administrative service.

Likewise, the meeting has decided to scrap Nepali citizenships of four non-Nepali citizens. "We have also decided to investigate into the officials who issued the citizenships and take legal action against them," said Minister Rai.

 The meeting also decided to provide the land of Goshwara Post Office to the Kathmandu Metropolitan City for reconstruction of the Dharahara Tower.

The office is located close to the site of the collapsed structure in Sundhara area.

The cabinet took the decision after the government decided to build a similar modern tower next to the ruins of the historical monument that collapsed during last year's devastating earthquake, which required additional land.

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