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Agitating parties invited for talks to normalize life

Kathmandu, Oct. 2: The government has reiterated its call to the agitating political parties in the Tarai region for talks, in order to ease life paralyzed with daily obstruction and demonstration.

The meeting of the Council of Ministers on Thursday concluded that the government was positive to address the genuine demands of the Madhesis, and thereby requested the agitating Madhesi parties to withdraw their protest programmes and clear the obstructions on the customs and highway.

Similarly, as per the Madhesi parties' demand, the government would call back the army assigned as support to the local administration in the riot-hit areas, release their cadres, and withdraw the cases filed against them. However, such demands be met once the situation was returned normal.

Stating that the government was focused on easing the supply of essential merchandise, government Spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communications Dr Minendra Rijal said the government would take steps to address the demands of the agitating parties and added that they should halt all forms of agitation to ease life.

Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Mahesh Acharya briefed the media on the developments of the ongoing negotiations between the three major parties and the agitation Madhes-centric parties.

Minister for Commerce and Supply Sunil Bahadur Thapa, who returned from a visit to India, briefed the meeting of the efforts made to ease supply of fuel products.

Minister Rijal said the meeting also discussed the alternate options and diplomatic efforts to be adopted for easing the supply and ending the difficult scenario. He added that instructions were issued to the Health and Home ministries for treatment of Kalawati Devi and Usha Srivastav, who are undergoing treatment at the Birgunj Hospital, as per the demands made by the agitators to create conducive environment for dialogue.

The meeting also decided to bear the expenses of treatment of 17 United Democratic Madhesi Front cadres and provide Rs 1 million as relief to the every family losing relatives during the agitation, Minister Rijal said.

The meeting decided not to supply of fuel to government vehicles more than necessity and take measures to ensure smooth supply of petro products to public vehicles, according to Minister Rijal.

The meeting decided to change the name of Far-West University into the Dwarikadevi Thakurani University and appoint Taranath Gautam as Chairperson of Education Service Commission. Likewise, the meeting appointed Secretary at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) Shantaraj Subedi as a secretary of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority and transfer CIAA Secretary Shreedhar Sapkota to the OPMCM.

As per the meeting decision, Nepal Police personnel will be provided facilities at par with the civil servants by constituting an insurance fund. The meeting also agreed to provide soft loan at six per cent interest rate to sugarcane farmers and Rs 25 per quintal sugarcane as a promotional expense.

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