KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has signed performance contract with the heads of 14 agencies under the Ministry. This is the first time that the Ministry has signed such contract with its subordinate bodies.
Secretary at the Ministry Mahendra Man Gurung signed and exchanged contracts with the agency heads at a function held at the Ministry, to also coincide with its founding day. The CIT Ministry was established on Saun 1, 2028 B.S.
Those signing the performance-based evaluation by the line Ministry today were Rastriya Samachar Samiti or RSS Chair Shyamal Adhikari, Gorkhapatra Sansthan Chair Krishna Murari Bhandari, Nepal Television Chair Dr Mahendra Bista, Radio Broadcasting Service Development Committee Executive Director Suresh Kumar Karki and Chair of the Minimum Wage Fixation Committee Gangadhar Parajuli.
Likewise, the heads of the National Information Technology Centre, Nepal Telecommunications Authority, Film Development Board, Nepal Telecom Company and Security Printing Development Committee signed the contract. Other agencies included Department of Postal Services, Department of Information and Broadcasting, Department of Information Technology and Department of Printing.
On the occasion the Ministry’s achievements and progress in the last fiscal year were unveiled.
Speaking on the occasion, CIT Minister Gokul Prasad Banskota directed the agency heads to give up the trend of relaxing throughout the year and making a last-minute rush to complete their duties in a hurry. “Last year was the foundation year for realizing the slogan of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali'”, he said.
Stating that political transitional period had ended and policy-level and legal frameworks were devised for the implementation of the new Constitution, Banskota said the new fiscal year will be a year of laying foundation stone for the plans, programmes envisioned by the incumbent government.
Pressing for the need to inform people about the good deeds of the government, Banskota, also the Spokesperson of the government, urged the civil employees to cooperate with the government. “The government is stable for five years while the bureaucracy is permanent. Hence, the incumbent government wants the latter to deliver.”
Directing the concerned authority to scrap the agreement with those defaulting companies which were not advancing the work relating to optical fiber by the Nepal Telecom in province no 5, he warned that those dilly dallying the work would be brought to book. “I do not have any interest in contracts. I have not and will never misuse my position’s influence to award contracts to anyone,” Minister Banskota noted.
Govt’s attention towards safe currency and satellite
He also directed the Heads of agencies under his Ministry to discharge their duties diligently and underscored the need to sign contract with the Head of Departments to make services more effective.
The government has focused on secured printing, building country’s own satellite, unification of Nepal Television and Radio Nepal, strengthening postal service and expansion of telecommunication access, said Minister Baskota.
On the occasion, Secretary Gurung shared that last fiscal year 80 percent capital expenditures were achieved by 55 per cent of arrears were cleared. Mobile service under the Nepal Telecom would be provided across the country by 2080 BS, and 4G service would be expanded before coming Dashain festival.
Laying optical fiber along the Pushpalal Mid-Hill Highway from Panchthar to Gorkha districts has started, he said, adding that internet fees would not increase in the future with the establishment of country’s satellite.
Likewise, amendments to the National Broadcasting Act, 2049, formulation of the Information Technology Bill, the Advertisement Regulation Bill, the Nepal Media Council Bill, the bill related to mass communication, the Postal Service Bill, the Public Service Broadcasting Bill, the bill made to manage and regulate film sector and the Directives on Management of Email in Government Agencies were achieved in the previous year, it was shared on the occasion.
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