Genuine concerns will be addressed: PM Oli

PM’s meeting with heads of diplomatic missions
Kathmandu, Jan 14: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said political dialogue with the agitating political parties was intensified and the government was expecting to resolve the genuine concerns very soon through a consensus. With this, Nepal expects the end of the disturbance at the border points and obstruction in the supply of essential items particularly the petroleum products.

At a meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions and development partners of Nepal in the capital city on Thursday, the PM further shared the expectation that the end of obstruction in the supply of essential items would pave the country’s way towards intensive work on reconstruction and expedited execution of development programs.

Similarly, PM Oli shared that the new constitution has now come into execution. Several laws are being amended to make them compatible with the new constitution. To address some concerns or dissatisfaction of some sections of society on some of the provisions of the constitution, the amendment proposals in the constitution have been tabled in the legislature parliaments which are in the final stage, he added.

He lauded the prompt and spontaneous response received in the relief and rescue works in the immediate aftermath of the earthquakes from the neighbors including countries from SAARC, development partners and other friendly countries.

According to him, the National Reconstruction Authority has started its function in a speedy manner after the adoption of the National Reconstruction Authority Act by the Legislative Parliament. “We intend to give momentum to the reconstruction work with milestones set for the next 3 months; and by April 25, which coincides with the day of the first major earthquake of 2015, we plan to make substantial progress in housing reconstruction,” the PM said.

The international community was further informed that reconstruction was a national priority and the whole country was solidly behind it; support from all segments of national life has been assured. The government will be providing technical and financial assistances to the local communities for leading the reconstruction initiatives.

The PM also thanked Nepal’s neighbours, friends, development partners and other agencies for the substantial pledge made during the international conference on Nepal’s reconstruction. “The government is cognizant of the fact that representatives of the people at the local level are so critical not only for smoothly undertaking the reconstruction work but also for ensuring effective and more accountable development responses at the local level. Therefore, the government is in consultation with major political parties to forge consensus to hold interim local election under the prevailing laws. I do hope that starting from the earthquake affected districts where the local representation is so important, we will be able to conduct the election in a few phases within the first half of this year with the expectation that major political parties will agree to this proposal,” shared the PM with the diplomatic community.

Reminding that the recent fuel and supply crisis has adversely affected the implementation of development projects, and thus even the projects of national pride are not performing smoothly since the earthquake and particularly after the blockage at the borders, the PM said with the political settlement of the issues triggering the obstruction in the border, Nepal is hopeful to catch up the implementation delays of the projects including those supported by development partners.

He assured the international community that that the sustainable development goals would be the building blocks of our next periodic plans and annual development programs. Nepal is equally committed to gradually realize inclusive and equitable development outcomes as aspired by the Nepali people and as enshrined in the directive principles of the new constitution of Nepal, stressed the PM.