KATHMANDU, Aug 8: Minister for Information and Communications, Mohan Bahadur Basnet, has said the government was busy with homework to establish an ‘information center’ in major countries and cities of the world as it wants right dissemination of information about domestic affairs of public interests in foreign countries.
Addressing a program organized in his honor by Tinkune-based Kautilya Secondary School today, he said, “Establishment of such centers with the appointment of honorary information ambassador would help Nepalis residing in foreign countries get right information about Nepal’s affairs.”
The information minister went on to say that works were in the priority of the government to ensure free internet services to health centers and education institutions based in rural areas and in 11 districts mostly affected by the earthquake, and eight hit by natural disasters (landslides and floods).
According to him, Bagbazar-based Padmakanya Campus, one of the oldest government campuses remaining as a model of inclusiveness, was going to get free Wi-Fi facilities soon for two years. He pledged to link up the districts not only Bajura and Dolpa but also those not geographically far and having no connection to telephone services with such services soon.
“The information and communications is a quite broader area and we are just crawling in terms of the development of information and technology at a time when the country had to see a great achievement,” he added.
The Minister also vowed to intensify public awareness to fight superstition-based practices such as chhaupadi (residing in a hut during the menstruation prevalent in the far-western Nepal).
Giving his some inspirational words to the school students, he urged students to have a dream of becoming a good person not a ‘big one’, adding that bravery, valiance, discipline, hardship and vision were preconditions for becoming a good person in life.
As he promised on the occasion, a policy would be adopted to promote the infrastructure development and the establishment of industries as it seeks to create employment opportunities at home so as to control over increasing brain drain.
School principal Pramod Silwal, Democratic University Teachers Association’s President Jagat Timilsina and NC leaders Arjun Parajuli and Upendra Karki suggested the Minister for the better use of his knowledge and political experience for the common good of the people. RSS