KATHMANDU, Sept 24: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, has said that the government is serious about the incidents taking place in the districts of the Madhes province, including Sarlahi.
Addressing a meeting of the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee of the House of Representatives on Sunday, he said that the government is collecting regular information through the administration and reviewing the security apparatus as well as the law and order situation in Koshi and Madhes provinces.
CPN-UML lawmaker Raghuji Panta and Loktantrik Samajwadi Party's Sarbendra Nath Shukla had apprised the government regarding the increasing tensions related to religious and communal incidents in Sarlahi and other districts. They had also demanded the government to inform the house committee about those incidents.
Stating that the government is serious about the attempts to disturb the unity in diversity of Nepal, a country with multi-ethnic, multi-culture, multi-religious diversities, the Home Minister said, “A question has arisen whether such activities are happening knowingly or unknowingly or with some specific purpose. We have taken this seriously.”
He said the government is watching these developments so that it will not have to take administrative decisions as far as possible to stem such activities. Discussions are being held on taking such steps to contain such activities as the situation has been deteriorating of late, added Shrestha.
"Efforts are being made to seek a solution by creating a conducive environment in terms of ideological and political issues, keeping in mind the challenges that might come up while addressing the problems mainly through the administrative approach. We are also moving ahead cautiously without allowing for any weaknesses on the part of the entire administration and the police apparatus," DPM and Home Minister Shrestha said.