KATHMANDU, Aug 13: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Bimalendra Nidhi, has stated that the upcoming visit to India and China are aimed at fostering relationships between the two immediate neighbors.
At a program organized by Nepal Press Union here on Saturday, DPM Nidhi shared that during the visit, an invitation to Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will be extended for his visit to Nepal.
Deputy Prime Minister Nidhi is visiting India and DPM Krishna Bahadur Mahara to China within a week as the envoys of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
DPM Nidhi explained that the visit to these two countries was focused in securing these countries' support for the national agendas of the incumbent government back home.
The prioritized agendas for this coalition government of Nepali Congress and CPN-Maoist Centre, as the DPM puts it, are to address the Madhesh's issue, implementation of the new constitution and expediting post-quake reconstruction drive.
Also, during the visit an environment favourable for visit of President Bidya Devi Bhandari to India will be enabled and as well as efforts will be made for the same for PM Dahal's visit, according to DPM Nidhi.
Touching on the seven-point agreement with CPN-MC and three-point agreement with United Madheshi Democratic Front, he clarified that those agreements were inked for bringing the new national statute into effect.
Similarly, speaking at the event Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Ramesh Lekhak said that democracy, federalism and republicanism were the pillars of strength of the new constitution; the constitution would be feeble if any of the pillars grow weak.
Echoing with DPM Nidhi, Minister Lekhak argued, "The NC and CPN-MC coalition government is formed to implement new constitution, address Madhesh's issues and accelerating post-quake reconstruction and resettlement efforts."
He lauded Nepal's communication sector for the paradigm shift the sector underwent in last two decades.
Similarly, Press Union Chairperson Badri Sigdel urged the government to take necessary measures to curb ill-treatment towards media persons.
He demanded that the Online Operation Directives and license for journalists be revised. RSS