Wednesday, September 24, 2008

State restructuring commission 'soon'

Minister for Commerce and Supplies Rajendra Mahato said the government would form the Commission for State Restructuring, as per constitutional provisions, soon after Prime Minister Prachanda returns from his visit to the US.

PM Prachanda is currently in New York to attend the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Speaking at a function in Janakpur Tuesday, Mahato claimed all the problems Nepal has been facing to this day would be solved once the country is restructured into federal states, but stressed the need for "continued struggle" to ensure a fair division of country into states.

Hinting at differences among the ruling coalition parties, Mahato said efforts from all parties to impose partisan interests -- as each party in the coalition has its own agenda to join the government-would complicate the state restructuring process.

Mahato also informed the government would soon invite armed political groups in the Terai districts to talks, but action against criminal groups operating in the region would be intensified

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