KATHMANDU, March 30: President Bidya Bhandari has appealed to the people to become united for bringing prosperity and development to the country by overcoming all kinds of hostility, unrest, corruption, oppression and suppression.
Addressing a joint session of both houses of parliament on Thursday, Bhandari appealed to one and all to contribute for bringing sustainable peace and prosperity to the country while maintaining friendly relations with the neighboring and other nations.
"Let's unite and move ahead in the direction of sustainable development and prosperity of the country, which is full of natural resources," said Bhandari.
President Bhandari addressed the joint session of the parliament for the first time after her reelection to the post earlier this month. In her 18-minute long address, she said, "To fulfill our aspirations for development of our country we need to contribute for sustainable peace and prosperity of our nation, our neighboring countries."
She hailed the exciting participation of people in the three tiers of elections and the mandate given through the polls.
Bhandari insisted that the country should be freed from all kinds of hostilities, unrest, corruption, oppression and suppression and the country should not revert to violence again.
President Bhandari stressed that democracy will have no meaning if the common man is unable to raise his living standards and does not have equitable access to resources. Stating that political changes in the country have set up foundations for social justice, she said that the new constitution drafted through the efforts of the people and endorsed by people's representatives will set the country on the path to prosperity. "Political change does not merely mean transition from the old era to the new, but it has opened the doors to unlimited opportunities," She said.
Reading out a written address prepared by the government, Bhandari insisted on retaining the youth manpower in the country by creating opportunities for employment and investment. She said, "Optimum use of the natural resources will help in creating employment in the country and stop the flow of youths abroad."