Govt pardons 537 prisoners, to revive Nepal Drugs Ltd

Published On: September 19, 2016 12:40 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: The government has recommended the president to pardon 537 prisoners from their remaining jail term on the occasion of the first Constitution Day.

According to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara, the cabinet meeting on Sunday took the decision to pardon the prisoners who have already served at least 40 percent of their jail terms and have showed good behavior during their stay in the prison.

"On the occasion of the first Constitution Day, the government has decided to free 537 prisoners staying inside different prisons in various parts of the country as per past usage,” Mahara said.

Likewise, the cabinet has decided to bring Nepal Drugs Limited, a state-owned drugs manufacturer, into operation. The company stopped production six years ago.  

The meeting also promoted joint secretary from Ministry of Home Affairs, Binod KC, to the post of secretary and joint secretary of Ministry of Finance, Krishna Devkota has been promoted to the post of acting secretary.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal also briefed cabinet members on his four-day India visit. 

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