KATHMANDU, April 28: The CPN-UML has demanded the government promptly rescind its decision to endorse the guideline to provide cash to the disqualified ex-Maoist combatants.

KATHMANDU, April 28: At a time when the country is falling into economic recession, the government is preparing to give funds to the 'disqualified ex-Maoist combatants' of the armed conflict period. Economists say this will put an unnecessary financial burden on the already strained state treasury. The government’s move to dole out cash to the disqualified ex-Maoist combatants will create a financial burden of more than Rs 800 million.

KATHMANDU, April 28: Finance Minister Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat has said that he has no idea about the decision to allocate an amount from the state coffers to the disqualified ex-Maoist combatants. The finance ministry has taken no official decision in this regard so far, according to him.