BARDIBAS, June 1: Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Banskota has said the new model of development would be started from State 2.
Inaugurating Radio Nepal's State 2 regional broadcasting service and laying the foundation stone of the regional broadcasting station building at Bardibas of Mahottari district on Saturday, he said the federal government would pursue works so that the people would get to experience it by keeping State 2 in high priority. Minister Banskota, who is also the government spokesman, said the state and local governments have the assisting role in the initiatives taken by the federal government, adding that works carried out in the coordination of the three tiers of government would give quick results.
Stating that a new governance system of federal democracy has been started in the country, the Communications Minister expressed confidence that the successful implementation of this system would take place under the leadership of State 2. "The voice for federalism was raised from this very place (State 2) in the past. Now, this very place will take the responsibility of institutionalizing this system and transforming it into the lifestyle of the people," he said.
He stressed that the federal government has focused all its efforts towards that end so that the people get to experience the change. State 2 government chief minister Mohammad Lalbabu Raut said Radio Nepal's regional broadcasting station was the common property of all the peoples of State 2 and that the state government was committed to developing it in keeping with the times.
Radio Nepal's State 2 regional broadcasting service has formally begun from Bardibas today. Minister Banskota and Chief Minister Raut jointly initiated the regional broadcasting service by extending their best wishes for its success from the studio. Radio Nepal's executive director Suresh Kumar Karki on the occasion said that they would broadcast news in Maithili, Bhojpuri, Magahi and Nepali languages as well as produce and air other programs from the Bardibas broadcasting station on a daily basis. He added that the plan is to extend broadcasting services in seven languages for 18 hours daily in near future by expanding the station's capacity.
Radio Nepal has started its regional broadcast on 103 Megahertz and 1143 Kilohertz from Bardibas at present. It broadcasts from 3.15 pm to 6 pm, said Ram Pukar Ram, chief of Radio Nepal, State 2 regional broadcasting office. The construction of the Radio Nepal, State 2 regional broadcasting building has started from today itself. The building is to be constructed at a cost of Rs 21.1 million. The construction would be completed in nine months, according to Radio Nepal sources.