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Efforts are underway from Ministry, private sector and community level to control dengue: Minister Baskota

Kathmandu, Sept. 12. Minister for information technology and communications and government spokesperson Gokul Prasad Baskota has unveiled the cabinet decisions taken on 8 September.

He shared that the government has decided to extend the tenure of the investigation committee by two months that was formed to implement the report of the probe committee regarding government land encroachment across the country. As the per the cabinet decision, the committee formed under Nepal police central investigation Bureau will be functional till coming 15 October.

The Cabinet has also decided to set up a fund of 50 million rupees to run different Jatras including Indra Jatra. The government has also declared Police personnel Sanjeev Rai a Martyr and decided to provide a million rupees to his family. Rai was killed in a clash with Biplov group in Bhojpur.

Likewise, the cabinet meeting decided to form a five-member talk team under the leadership of International Economic Co-operation Coordination Division Chief of Finance Ministry regarding receiving concessional loan from Asian Development bank (ADB) for implementing two projects. The talk team will hold talks with ADB seeking aid of Rs. 5 billion and 760 million needed for Food Safety and Agriculture Commercialization Program, and Rs. 5 billion and 760 million needed for needed for Rural Enterprise Financing Project. The Cabinet meeting also decided to publish a notice in Nepal Gazette for prohibiting strikes on fundamental services related to public welfare.

Responding to queries of journalists at the press meet, Minister Baskota clarified that dengue is not out of control in the country.
He made it clear that the situation of dengue is not out of control like the criticism on social networking sites.

Minister Banskota said, efforts are underway from Ministry, private sector and community level to control dengue. The dengue infection is spreading in a large scale and the infection too has taken a toll on many people but all should address this issue in unison, he said.
Banskota assured that the government is putting every possible effort to ensure treatment to the dengue patients and spreading awareness about this infection. He further said government’s sole effort is not adequate to control the infection hence called for cooperation from all quarters to prevent it.

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