Kathmandu, Feb 3: Today’s meeting of the Council of Minister has formed a High-Level Communications Committee under the chairmanship of law and communications expert, Kashiraj Dahal, to prepare a draft of new mass communications policy.
Similarly, the meeting also appointed Chairman of the Press Council Nepal, Borna Bahadur Karki, and President of the Federation of the Nepali Journalists, Dr Mahendra Bista, as members of the Committee.
The Ministry of Information and Communications would appoint other members of the Committee on the basis of inclusion and necessity. Chairpersons and representatives of the other organisations related to communications would also be in the Committee.
The government had formed such type of committee under the chairmanship of Radhe Shyam Adhikari in 2063 BS, after the establishment of republicanism. The term of the Committee is three months.
After the meeting, Minister for Information and Communications, Sherdhan Rai, said that a mandate has been given to the Committee to formulate new mass communication policy, review on existing Communications Act as well as to give suggestions regarding solution of different problems surfaced in the sector of working journalists, journalists code of conduct, democracy and communication as per the aspiration and sentiment of the new constitution.
The meeting also agreed to allow making formal request with Chinese government for its approval to establish Consulate General of Nepal at Sichuan province in China. The government also promoted different 21 persons to the post of Joint-Secretary. They are Rabi Shanker Sainju, Dandhoj Basnet, Gyanendra Poudel, Sanjay Kumar Khanal, Keshav Prasad Acharya, Purushottam Nepal, Janakiballav Adhikari, Janakraj Dahal, Pradeep Kumar Koirala, Shiva Prasad Adhikari, Sher Bahadur Dhunhana, Bhagirath Pandey, Ram bahadur Ghimire, Uttam Prasad Dhital, Uttam Prasad Nagila, Dilip Lumar Chapaigain, Narahari Baral, Tara Bahadur Karki, Bishnu Prasad Pokharel, Prem Prakash Upreti and Krishna Bahadur Thapa.
Similarly, Purushottam Acharya has been promoted to the post of Joint-Secretary towards technical sector and posted at the Ministry of Energy.
The meeting also promoted some army personnel to the post of Colonel as well as has transferred some Brigadier Generals.
Responding to a query regarding the Prime Minister’s India visit, also the Spokesperson of the Government, Minister Rai said that no decision has been made in this regard and Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Poudel would go for India visit on February 7.