KATHMANDU, Oct 29 : Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Ishwor Pokharel, has said the incumbent government would move ahead, respecting people’s sentiment.
Garlanding the statue of Shankhadar Sakhwa at a program organized by National Luminary Shankhadhar Sakhwa Foundation on the occasion of Nepal Sambat 1140 at Madhyapur Thimi today, DPM Pokharel said, “The government should reach its good activities among the people. But the people should be aware that some forces were spreading illusion in the name of protest.”
He said that the government had brought the Guthi bill in order to protect religion, tradition, and culture.
The DPM said, “The government will firmly stand to protect culture, religion, and tradition. There are many examples of suppression in the name of Guthi. The Guthi bill brought by the government is to end such anomalies in the name of Guthi. The government will move ahead by holding discussion with stakeholders again for the same.”
Saying the government was committed to the full implementation of Nepal Sambat, he viewed it was necessary to bring Nepal Sambat into implementation as Nepal Sambat and Bikram Sambat are linked to each other.
Similarly, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai, announced that the Head of the government would garland the statue of Shankhadhar Sakhwa every year. He further said the Ministry would jointly organize the program with Foundation from next year and the government would take its responsibility.
Member of the House of Representatives and former minister Mahesh Basnet announced to provide Rs 5 million from Parliamentarian Development Fund to complete master plan including Shankhadhar Sakhwa Memorial Park, Shankhadhar Museum.
Leader of Rashtriya Prajatantra Party, Tanka Dhakal, Nepali Congress leader Bhimsen Das Pradhan, Foundation Chair Chandan Krishna Shrestha, mayor of Madhyapur Thimi Municipality, Madan Sundar Shrestha put forth their views on the occasion.
Kahinath Tamot and Sinhwa Swa Khala were honored on the occasion. Even the Shankhadhar souvenir published by the Foundation was released in the event.(RSS)