The government has entrusted the Nepal Army with the responsibility for the construction of much-awaited national pride project of Kathmandu-Terai-Madhes fast-track.
According to the government Spokesperson and Minister for Information and Commission Surendra Kumar Karki, yesterday's meeting of the Council of Ministers took the decision acting on the recommendation of the Fast-Track Construction Study Committee headed by National Planning Commission Vice-Chairperson Dr Min Bahadur Shrestha.
The NA had expressed its readiness to take responsibility for the construction of fast-track when the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Management collected intent for it.NA had already undertaken the task of opening the project track.
Likewise, the Cabinet has promoted Armed Police DIGs, Pushpa Ram KC, Narayan Babu Thapa and Ram Sharan Poudel to Additional Inspector General of Armed Police and and NA Pilot Binayak Singh to Colonel.
The government has agreed to receive World Bank loan of Rs 20 billion for the School Sector Reforms Programme and granted approval for the teaching of Geometric Engineering under the Pokhara University.
Similarly, the government has decided to felicitate culture expert Satya Mohan Joshi with Literary Centenary Personality. The Cabinet has also decided to grant Dashain allowance, clothe allowance, social security allowance, gratuity and treatment expenses to contract-based government employees at par with its other employees.
The government has also formed a federal administrative reform committee with the Minister for General Administration as the chair and lawmakers trio, Rajendra Prasad Pandey, Rekha Sharma and Arzoo Deuba and former Minister for State Bhuwan Pathak as members and Minstry Secretary as its member-secretary.
Similarly, the government has decided to purchase 20 million LED bulbs in a plan to save some 200 MW electricity in the country.
Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has planned to distribute the LED bulbs. An agreement reached during the meeting of the Energy Secretaries from Nepal and India early this year had paved way for the Energy Ministry to purchase the bulbs from the government company of India.
The Energy Ministry is planning to buy the LED bulbs from Energy Efficiency Service Ltd under the Indian Ministry of Energy at the subsidized price of 2 billion Nepali rupees.