Karnali Province needs planned settlements: PM

By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Apr. 16:
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that modern and planned settlements were needed for the overall development of Karnali Province.
“Due to the difficult terrain, it is difficult to extend government services and development programmes to the people of the region in the present condition, therefore we need an integrated settlement development plan,” he said at a programme organised by the Mid-Western University to felicitate the PM in Surkhet.
According to him, the government was planning to advance the province in multiple sectors of development as it was lagging behind in terms of economic and human development index.
He emphasised the need to open all the border points and customs along the northern borders of the province since it was not connected with the southern neighbour, India.
PM Oli also pointed towards the possibility of making the entire province pesticides-free.
“It is not possible to implement such a concept in the other provinces, but as Karnali is in a developing phase, it would be easy to make it a poison-free land,” he said.
He said that the province would be mainstreamed in all development aspects, such as communication, transportation, health and education, and promised to begin the journey towards prosperity from the very land.
He appealed to the newly elected local, provincial and federal leaders to lead the development process by utilising the local potential in agriculture, herbs, tourism and energy.
The PM suggested the university develop the curriculum in a way that would help create technically sound and skilled manpower.
Defense Minister Ishwor Pokharel, Education Minster Giriraj Mani Pokharel and Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari were present on the occasion.

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