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Govt forms Information and Technology Council

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Kathmandu, May 12, 2016: The government has formed an Information and Technology Council today. The meeting of the Council of Ministers decided to form the council under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister, said spokesperson of the government Sherdhan Rai.

Likewise, the Minister for Information and the Minister for Science and Technology will be the co-chairs at the council while the chief secretary, member at the National Planning Commission (member who is allocated to see the information technology sector), secretaries at the Ministries of Finance, Home Affairs, Information and Communications, Industry and Urban Development are the members at the council.

The other members on the council are chair at the telecommunications authority, two persons related to information and communications to be appointed by the government, two professors or academicians from universities or such academy, and two persons from among the information technology experts.

Similarly, two entrepreneurs and professionals involved in information technology sectors, one from the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry will be the members at the council. Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers is the member secretary at the council.

Similarly, the meeting has appointed Krishna Nath Khanal as the member secretary at the Arrears Clearance Evaluation and Monitoring Committee.

Two distinct committees have been formed under the coordination of the Foreign Secretary for overseeing the effective implementation of the agreement, understanding and other deals that were reached during the PM’s official visits to India and China.

As per the decision, the team headed by Foreign Secretary to monitor and implement the agreements reached with the Indian government will include joint secretaries of the Ministries of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Finance, Commerce, Energy, Irrigation, Home, Law, Culture, Tourism and Education, the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and PM’s Office as members and the Joint Secretary at the South Asia Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Member-Secretary.

The Foreign Secretary will head another team for implementation and monitoring of the agreements and deals reached with the Chinese government. The 15-member team will include joint secretaries from the PM’s Office, the Ministries of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Finance, Commerce, Energy, Home, Law, Culture, Tourism, Education, Supply, Industry and General Administration, and the NRA as members and North Eastern Asia Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Member-Secretary.

The Cabinet meeting endorsed the National Security Policy – 2073 and took the decision to present the bill on management of National Security Council’s tasks, duties, authority and working procedure at the legislation committee.

Information Minister Rai added that the Cabinet meeting also decided to provide free dialysis services to the kidney patients in the coming days.

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