Prime Minister’s Decisive Call: Revoking the ‘River in the Bag’ License for National Productivity

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Kathmandu: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has instructed the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation to the revoke license on hydropower projects of those who are holding it without utilizing it.

Addressing a joint review and guidance meeting of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, on Thursday afternoon, the PM said, “River in the bag has been the talk of the town for a long time now. It is deadly for the country to hold the license and not bring it to use it productively. It should be revoked within some criteria, so, do the deed.”

The PM said, “The electricity tariff needs to be managed by cutting transmission lines of those who have failed to pay their electricity dues. Therefore, do not adjust it. Cut the lines of those who have not paid their tariff on the dedicated and trunk line. It should be started from big people and then to all.”

 “There is a need for irrigation to increase production. Lift irrigation needs to be considered as well. We need to think about the long-term management of irrigation by connecting river systems. The issues of irrigation are deeply connected with agriculture as well. So, we should work to increase agriculture production,” he said.

The PM said, “It has been a year since the formation of the government under my leadership. Next year, we will move in a new manner. For that, we need to change our thought process and work process. I am onto listening thoroughly about the ministries, understanding their issues and bringing the directed solutions. When we move ahead with good needs then people with ill intentions will be revealed.

Similarly, PM Prachanda gave a directive to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, to work on protecting the communication sector at times when the economy is dire. He added that the advertisement process should be made easier.

Shakti Basnet, Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, said that electricity needs to be imported in winter and exported in the rainy season in line with the production and consumption of the electricity. The disarrayed construction of the transmission line and its management has created issues in the consumption and export of electricity.

Minister of Communication and Information Technology Rekha Sharma said that the needed exercise has been made to upgrade the quality and trustworthiness of the government media. Emphasis should be placed on Skill development as in today’s time and technological inclination of employee administration is a must.

According to her, the verdict on the Ncell share sale was provided Wednesday and it is being reviewed.

Source:  Rising Nepal