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PM defends former VIP privileges

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has said that the recent initiative of the Government concerning the former high-ranking office-bearers was not an effort to add privileges for them, but just an attempt to streamline them.

In his regular ‘Prime Minister with the people’ program at Radio Nepal this evening, Dr Bhattarai said the Ordinance is just an effort to streamline the privileges distributed irregularly by the previous government.

“There is no ill-intention behind it, it is just an effort to bring them into order”, he said.

On a different note, the Prime Minister said the elections to the Constituent Assembly would be held following a consensus among the political parties, and made it clear that he and his party was making special efforts to that end. A new date would be announced in consultation with all the political parties, he added.

Responding to queries concerning the recent scarcity of fertilizer in the country, the Prime Minister said the farmers faced difficulty in getting the fertilizers on time as the county does not produce its own fertilizers. However, the problem was resolved through mobilization of all concerned bodies of the state, he said.

He also said that the Government was committed to work to wipe out rumours regarding the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. “Buddha was born in Nepal and if somebody is saying not then that is not near truth, it will just be a bluff”, the Prime Minister made it clear.

During the program, the Prime Minister responded to queries on contemporary politics and issues concerning day-to-day life of the people from listeners around the country and abroad. RSS

Published Date: Monday, July 30th, 2012 | 07:37 PM

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