Kathmandu, Jan 27: Minister for Information and Communications, Sherdhan Rai, has clarified that the government has not made any decision regarding National Institute of Mass Communications (NIMC).
Minister Rai said so while talking to office-bearers of the Nepal Press Union at his own office.
He said, “No decision has been made to remove the name of Krishna Prasad Bhattarai from Academy and has not been removed. So it is not such a big issue.”
The NPU has been protesting for the past few days, citing the incumbent has been trying to remove the name of Bhattarai from NIMC.
Stating that they have been trying to forward the necessary process for the formation of the NIMC with priority thinking its necessity, Minister Rai expressed the view that the bodies concerned should hold discussion and settle it if there was dispute in the name of NIMC.
He said that decision would be taken by holding talks with Prime Minister and Chairman of the CPN (UML), KP Sharma Oli, and Nepali Congress President, Sushil Koirala, in this regard.
NPU President Badri Sigdel said that consensus was forged in political level to form NIMC in the name of Founder President of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, and added that it would be dishonest toward Bhattarai if his name was removed from NIMC.
Present on the occasion were Minister’s press advisor Matrika Poudel, NPU Deputy General Secretaries—Bhismaraj Ojha and Saloja Dahal, among others.