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Nepal will be heaven in 10 years, says PM
May 20, 2018-
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has remarked that the country has moved ahead on the path of development and prosperity.Inaugurating the eighth annual Kantipur-Runner Half Marathon organised by the Kantipur Media Group in the Capital on Saturday, PM Oli claimed that the country would turn into “a heaven” in the next 10 years.
Oli, who co-chairs the newly formed Nepal Communist Party, joined other participants briefly in the race after inaugurating the event. KMG Chairman and Managing Director Kailash Sirohiya accompanied him in the run.
Interaction with KMG officials at its headquarters in Thapathali later, Oli emphasised the need to get things started arguing that nothing was impossible. He claimed that the results of his government’s campaign for development would be seen in the near future. Envisioning a Nepal after a decade, PM Oli said, “People of Nepal won’t have to struggle to make their ends meet. Nepal will move far ahead in terms of production and construction. Nepalis will be healthy.”
“If a foreigner visits Nepal after 10 years and his/her friends ask him how Nepal is, he will answer: ‘It’s a heaven created by nature and human beings,’” Oli said.
On problems facing media, the PM pointed to the lack of a paper mill to produce newsprint. “If we had paper mills, Kantipur would not have to face the situation of 2010 when its newsprint imported from South Korea was blocked at the Kolkata port.” Oli shared that he had gone to the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu after the Kantipur case to press the right of a landlocked country.
“You [media] enjoy criticising KP Oli. While media looks for news value, I stress development value,” Oli said.
The PM also highlighted the need for revitalising domestic industries for balancing the country’s trade deficit.
“We have abundant resources. Yet we are dependent on imports from foreign markets. Why can’t we manufacture goods to meet the domestic demand?” he wondered.
Oli also emphasised the need for ending corruption, which is rampant in the country. The PM vowed to stay away from corruption, expressing his resolve not to allow others to engage in corrupt practices too.
Published: 20-05-2018 07:03