Kathmandu, June 28:
Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai Thursday urged the leaders of civil society, youth leaders of different political parties and entrepreneurs for their positive role to resolve the current national crisis.
Talking to representatives of civil society, youths and the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI), Dr. Bhattarai clarified that he was ready for political consensus. He said he had not attached importance to the post of prime minister.
He expressed his belief that the political parties would put aside differences and come forward for consensus. "Complete consensus is a demand of the time," the Prime Minister added.
The Prime Minister made it clear that he had announced fresh election of the CA after the dissolution of the assembly according to the verdict of the Supreme Court. "At such a situation, we were left with no alternative to announcing new election," he said.
Prime Minister Dr Bhattarai said that he was committed for development and economic prosperity of the country and all sectors involved should play their role to end poverty, unemployment and inequality from the society.
He said, "The country should target two digit economic growth. The private sector should take the lead for economic development. The public and private partnership model should be adopted to promote economic development of Nepal."
Dr. Bhattarai said that the government was trying to bring the full budget. The budget will be presented through an ordinance and after taking consensus of opposition political parties, he added.
The Prime Minister assured the entrepreneurs that the government would support the them to revive industries in poor state. "The government is ready to support the entrepreneurs to start the industries that were facing the crisis," he said
FNCCI Chairman Suraj Baidhya said that the private sector was facing negative impacts of the long transitional political period and urged the prime minister to play positive role to end the political transition as soon as possible.
He also suggested that consensus and reconciliation were best option to resolve the ongoing national crisis.
FNCCI Former Chairman Chandiraj Dhakal said that without industrial development, the nation would not succeed to achieve the goal of economic development.
During the meeting, entrepreneurs suggested the prime minister to bring full fledged budget to promote national economy.
At a function organised at Kirtipur, Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai Thursday said that all political parties should contribute to resolving the contentious issues of federalism and the new federal constitution with a new approach as these had made the earlier Constituent Assembly a failure.
At present, the nation should focus on institutionalizing the republic by promulgating the new constitution and form a strategic plan for economic development, he said.
"However, we have not been able to complete these tasks," Prime Minister Dr Bhattarai said.
Addressing a function, organized on the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of the Tribhuvan University here, the Prime Minister said that the failure of the CA was not attributable to one party or a specific group.
However, he added that political parties needed a self-realization and urged the scholars to analyse the situation and suggest ways to complete these tasks.
In a different context, he said that education was the most significant means in constructing a society but in the present context it was becoming a means to divide classes and create class-wise gaps.
"The university education must be changed according to the changing scenario of the world and it should be amended, reformed and made more scientific as per the national and international needs," he said.
The Prime Minister said that universities were becoming industries which produced problems of unemployment and urged the TU to give its first priority to produce capable manpower as per the demands of the nation.
Admiring the leading role of the TU in producing capable manpower and broadening its horizon in education nationwide, the Prime Minister, who is also the chancellor of TU, urged that the university must evaluate its products and their works.
In the function, Minister for Education Dina Nath Sharma said that the ministry would amend the current education policy to make the TU a top university in the world.
"It is a must for universities to walk through the digital era, for that universities must change themselves," Minister Sharma said.
Vice Chancellor of TU Hira Bahadur Maharjan informed that the TU had already initiated economic and other reform programmes to secure it a place in the list of top universities.
TU registrar Chandra Mani Poudel and rector professor Guna Nidhi Neupane asked for monetary assistance from the government as the TU currently was facing massive economic crisis.