Nepal’s government gives permission to national army to buy arms from India

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Interim Election Council of Minister has nodded to the Nepal Army’s proposal for buying arms including general and lethal from India.

A meeting of the cabinet held on Friday took a decision to this effect. After the decision, Nepal’s national army would start afresh procedures to purchase weapons from Nepal’s southern neighbor.

The government headed by Khil Raj Regmi also decided making necessary arrangements of amendment of use of terminologies like ‘kingdom’ and ‘his majesty’ as per the changed political situation, that is end of monarchy.

The cabinet meeting also decided to revamp some words and phrases used in 102 laws during the then regime even after seven years of the abolition of monarchy, Minister for Information and Communications Madhav Prasad Poudel told reporters.

The government also decided to accept an Indian assistance of Rs 256.7m for installing some 2700 shallow tube wells in various districts of Terai, said Government Spokesman Paudel.

Similarly, the government also decided to send the procedural draft on giving cash incentive on import substitution and export promotion and expansion to the Economic Infrastructure Committee, he said.

The government also installed five recently promoted APF DIGs and transferred six DIGs to various places. Likewise, the meeting also gave permission to use bulldozers in Chitwan National Park in Bara and Parsa districts for construction of the Postal Highway and for purchasing materials needed for the Nepal Army.

According to Minister Paudel, the meeting also decided to provide Rs. 220,000 as medical expenses for Forest Officer of District Forest Office, Dolakha, Som Bahadur Bamjan who was injured in connection with his duty.