Government’s Spokesperson and Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has said that the government expects not to impose lockdown again during the time of festivals.
At a regular press briefing organised at the Ministry of Communications and Technology to unveil the decisions of meeting of the Council of Ministers on Sunday, Gyawali said that safeguarding the lives of citizens was the key responsibility of the government.
On the occasion, he said that this time situation is not favorable to observe the festivals including Dashain with much fun adding that everyone should realize that security of parents and senior citizens was very crucial.
Stating that spread of coronavirus infection was massive in the recent time, Minister Gyawali argued that situation to impose lockdown would not be created if people were conscious.
Likewise, Minister Gyawali expressed his reservation to the ongoing efforts taken by Kathmandu while asking officials concerned to learn lessons from some districts for the prevention and control of coronavirus infection. He said that the citizens, people’s representatives and officials of Kathmandu should learn lessons from Banke, Kapilvastu, Udayapur and Birgunj to contain the spread of the virus.
According to him, almost 60 per cent of the country’s total active cases are in Kathmandu.
Government’s Spokesperson Gyawali said that decision was made to deploy 50 Armed Police Force (APF), Nepal personnel under the command of Deputy Superintendent of APF, Nepal in Revenue Investigation Department as well as deploy APF, Nepal personnel in the Department’s four offices under the command of APF, Nepal Inspector.
The meeting also appointed Hari Khadka from State-1, Mandev Hajara from State-2, Purendra Bikram Lakhe from Bagmati State, Rajesh Kumar Gurung from Gandaki State, Sumitra Chaudharay from Lumbini State, Nanda Basyal from Karnali State and Yekindra Kunwar from Sudur Pashchim State as the Members of the National Sports Council.
Similarly, Sanuraja Shakya was appointed as the Member Secretary of Lumbini Development Trust. Likewise, Dim Prakash Poudel was appointed as the General Manager of national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).
The meeting also appointed Dr Bashishta Prasad Rijal to the post of Chair of Insect Borne Diseases Research and Training Centre Development Committee.
Similarly, Ram Sharan Pudasaini, Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, was appointed as the Chair of Deposit and Credit Guarantee Fund Management Committee.
According to Spokesperson Gyawali, the meeting decided to relax the earlier decision to ban the import of vehicles worth over $ 50,000.
Similarly, Dr Baburaja Amatya was appointed as the Chairperson of Singha Durbar Vaidyakhana Development Committee. Prof Dr Sangharatna Bajracharya, Baburam Humagain and Deepak Dahal were nominated as the Members of the Drug Advisory Council.
Similarly, Prof Dr Dev Bahadur Roka Chhetri was appointed the Chairperson of National Ayurveda Research and Training Centre Development Committee.
The meeting also promoted Joint Secretary Bharatraj Paudyal to the post of Secretary and deputing him at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Source: National News Agency Nepal