Nepal govt to conduct survey in rivers to launch ship service: Minister Khatiwada

Yubaraj Khatiwada

Kathmandu, July 9

Minister for Finance Yubaraj Khatiwada says the government will conduct a survey in key rivers of the country to examine the feasibility of launching a ship service for the first time in the country.

Whereas members of the public have been mocking the government for repeated mentions of the ship project in speeches of the Prime Minister and the ministers, the Finance Minister said a preliminary feasibility study would begin next fiscal year that begins next week.

Responding to questions of lawmakers at the National Assembly meeting today, he, however, said the government was still not clear which ministry or department would look after the issue. He maintained that the government was making preparations for the service ‘at the policy level.’

In another context, the Minister defended the annual budget statement that he presented on May 29, claiming it was balanced on the basis of geography and population among other indicators. He added that it also internalised sentiments of federalism.

Published on July 9th, Monday, 2018 2:09 PM

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