The 'Honour to Democracy Fighters' programme has been initiated in honour of those scarifying their lives in various democratic movements of the country.
With the beginning of New Year 2078, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the programme by honouring those who sacrificed their lives and those who were ready for the same for the sake of nation.
Addressing the programme organised in Kathmandu on Wednesday, Prime Minister Oli said that the government would give high respect to those contributing to different movements and such programme would be continued. He opined that the government has not forgotten the history of struggle and sacrifice.
PM Oli opined, "We cannot be ungrateful to history, to the sacrifices made by the seniors. We should be thankful towards them and we have begun new chapter by honouring them on the occasion of New Year 2078."
This programme would be continued as there are many such people in the nation, he stressed.
The PM said that the government had been thinking how the issues of social security, employment, education to children of martyrs' families, and livelihood of injured and disabled families could be addressed. He expressed commitment that the government would pay attention in treatment in need because some people were still bearing shrapnel and bullets in the body.
A total of 381 democracy fighters were honoured on the occasion. Among them, 176 are disqualified fighters including families of the martyrs of two people's movements, 18 families of the martyrs of armed struggle, 47 of martyrs belonging to Nepal Army, 41 of martyrs from Nepal Police, 16 of martyrs from Armed Police Force, three of martyrs from National Investigation and 20 of martyrs in Madhes movement. They were honoured in the presence of PM Oli.
Similarly, PM Oli virtually observed the function organized at the residence of Mukesh Kayastha of Kavre, who was injured severely in the people's movement and has been living a bed-ridden life since then.
He assured that government would provide houses to the families of the martyrs, and land for building house. Collection of data for it was initiated.
Moreover, the PM reiterated that no children would be left sans guardianship. The arrangement would be made for the children of the martyrs' families, he said, arguing, "Those who only misused people and power in the name of revolution do not know the plight of such people."
He reminded the horrible days that he was imprisoned during autocratic system saying, "I know how it was while getting deprived of food for more than a month and thrashed brutally. I know how the life is in the prison for fourteen years- including four years in dungeon."
Present federal democratic republic is built with the sacrifice of martyrs and injured ones, so their families would not be left ignored, the PM assured.
On a different note, PM Oli said some people were shouting that it was regression because they did not get chance to become prime minister. Such people failed to know what the change is. "Constitution and system is not usurped. Democracy is not derailed. But some people, after failing to achieve undue dream, are spreading rumour that there was regression.
Such revolutionary words are leftist in name but rightist in practice, the PM asserted. He urged all sides to be aware of the ill efforts being made to foil change, progression and development wave. Some are still moving here and there seeking help to topple this government, PM Oli asserted.
PM Oli claimed that there were cases of the misuse of democracy in the country. He added that he who had ordered to open fire in a peaceful rally when he was the Minister for Home Affairs appeared to be wailing that the dictatorship and authoritarianism prevailed in the country lately.
Similarly, the PM was of the view that how could a person claim to be a nationalist when that person had barred to hold discussions on issues of grave national interest when he was the Speaker of the House. “I had tabled a proposal to deliberate on the issues relating to Kalapani. That person had later boasted that he had removed the proposal seeking deliberation on the issue exercising his authority,” reminded the PM.
Similarly, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali acknowledged the contribution of martyrs, forcefully disappeared ones, conflict-victims and people with physical disabilities in the nation-building and said that the country was moving towards light and prosperity due to their sacrifices and contributions.
Minister Gyawali assured, “The contributions of martyrs and forcefully disappeared ones have not gone in vain. I admit that honouring their contribution happened little late. But we are looking into ways and studying how to extend support to them.”
Likewise, Minister for Drinking Water Manichandra Thapa lauded this very move of incumbent government for acknowledging the contributions of those sacrificing their blood, tears and sweat in political movements so far. He expressed his happiness over PM Oli taking the lead to honour the contributions.
Present at the programme were Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokharel, Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa, and Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly Subash Nembang, among others.
Source: National News Agency Nepal