KATHMANDU, July 27:
The Agriculture, Energy and Water Resources Committee of the parliament on Sunday directed the government to sign the energy corporation pact with India at the earliest.
A meeting of the committee held this morning directed the government to sign the deal with India but only after guaranteeing national interest.
Speaking at the meeting, Minister for Energy Radha Gyawali said that she is for signing the pact with India at the earliest.
She, however, added that the prospect of forging deal with India is slim even during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming Nepal visit due to noncooperation of the political parties.
According to Amrit Kumar Bohara, president of the committee, the committee drew the attention of the government over pending the signing of the energy trade agreement with India which earlier said to be forged during Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit.
Opposition parties including UCPN (Maoist) and CPN-Maoist are against it saying that such deal would undermine the country’s interest.
Source : Republica
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