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Nepal Deputy Prime Minister Pokhrel urges for unity on constitution amendment


KATHMANDU:- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokhrel, who is also the Coordinator of High-Level Coordination Committee for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19, has urged one and all to be united for the constitution amendment.
Issuing a press note on Friday, DPM Pokhrel has asked the demonstrators, who are staging street protests by putting forth different demands, to be serious and sensitive to the current situation, urging them to unite in favor of constitution amendment that is taking place from the parliament on Saturday.
“The decision to be taken from the House of Representatives meeting tomorrow on constitution amendment to incorporate Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani areas in Nepal’s Coat of Arms is a historic moment,” read the statement.
“I urge all brother and sisters to welcome this special day awaited by Nepalis for long and reconfirm the reality that entire nation was united over this issue,” he added.
According to him, CCMC Director Committee had taken cognizance of the public activities taking places with various demands across the country. Stating that although it was a democratic right to peacefully protest or voice one’s dissent, he urged one and all to acknowledge the fact that were at the higher risk of spread of COVID-19 and remain sensitive at such hour.

“It is our responsibility to support the government’s effort to contain the spread COVID-19 in the wake of government’s decision to ease lockdown and bring the daily lives back to normalcy,” he said in the statement.

“I urged all to be aware of the danger of further spread in the country if we commit a slight negligence in the fight against COVID-19,” he said.

Saying that like other countries in the world, Nepal too is grappling with COVID-19 crisis and challenges, he opined that COVID-19 was brought under control to some extent due to cooperation from the public and government’s efforts. “But”, he cautioned, “Considering the rapidly growing cases of COVID-19 in the country lately, chances are that more and more such cases could crop up.”
He also committed to making the expenditure of COVID-19 treatment public soon. He added that the expenditure would be made public soon after receiving the details from State and local levels as the expenditure was at all three-tiers of government.
DPM Pokhrel argued that the government had decided to extend the scope of PCR testing. On another note, DPM Pokhrel shared that management of the quarantine was becoming challenging as the number of returnees to Nepal was increasing notably.

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