Kathmandu, Sept 21: “Until peace befalls, no country would achieve social progress and sustainable development. Thus, peace and development are inevitable for Nepal,” said Deputy Prime Minister Prakashman Singh.
At a programme organised by the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction on the occasion of ‘International Day of Peace, here today, the Deputy PM expressed so underscoring the need for political consensus, economical and social transformation for the stability of peace in the country.
DPM Singh said, “As the country is in transitional phase, we have both challenge and opportunity but the need of the hour is to accelerate the peace process utilizing this opportunity.”
Apprising the government’s actions towards peace process in the country, Singh said that the government has been running the ‘interim relief distribution and rehabilitation’ programmes to help the conflict-affected people.
Furthermore, Singh said that the reconstruction of the damaged infrastructures during the conflict is being carried out.
He appealed for the commitment, consensus and cooperation from all so as to peace process yield the positive results in the country.
Similarly, Minister for Peace and Reconstruction, Law, Justice, Constituent Assembly and Parliamentary Affairs, Narahari Acharya, said that the country has moved ahead towards constitution writing process by completing different tasks including peace process.
Stating that works regarding the formation of Commission on Investigation on Disappeared Persons and Truth and Reconciliation Commission have moved ahead, Acharya said that there are challenges to implement 72 agreements signed in the past.
Likewise, Secretary at the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, Khumraj Punjali, said that 14,693 people of 54 districts were benefited from Self-Employment Programme and added that search for resources were underway to launch the programme in 19 other districts.
He added that the ministry has the record of some 8,916 destroyed physical infrastructures.
The country has become land-mine free country by defusing explosive devices planted at different parts of the country during armed conflict period.
Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed on September 21. This year, the Day is observed under the slogan “Peace and Development, Our Rights.”
On the occasion, members of peace committees of different districts and Engineer Subas Kumar Shrestha of the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction were honoured as the best employees.