The government has accepted the Tharuhat Tarai-Madhes movement as a political movement.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers held at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers in Singha Durbar today acknowledged the Madhes movement as a political one. It made a decision that the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs would present a proposal, at the recommendation of the Ministry of Home Affairs, to the next meeting of the Council of Ministers for withdrawing the cases filed against those people participating in the movement.
Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki, giving out information to the media persons on the decisions taken by the Cabinet meeting today, stated that the winter session of the Legislature-Parliament has been prorogued from today.
Likewise, the Council of Ministers today took a decision to declare martyrs to Nawaraj Pathak of Namobuddha Municipality, Kavre district who died due to the firing opened by security personnel and Kul Bahadur Tamang of Dolakha district who was killed in a clash in course of the local-level election on May 14, and to provide ex-gratia support of one million rupees to their families.
The government also decided to make arrangements for providing free education to Pathak and Tamang's children.
The Council of Ministers has appointed Bhawani Prasad Baral of Dharan the Chairman of the Press Council, Nepal.
The government has also made a decision whereby the general public, too, could avail of medical services from the hospitals and health institutes run by Nepal Police and the Nepalese Army.
The Cabinet meeting decided to introduce the 'Chure Tarai Madhes Protection and Management Master Plan' for the management of the river systems, the promotion of greenery, forest area, for the development and sustainable management of forests and natural resources, and for minimizing the risk of climate change and adaptation in the Chure Tarai region, Minister Karki, said.