Expensive control not in government hands: Spokesperson Karki

July 7, Pokhara. Minister for Communications and Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki has said that the government alone is not in control of inflation. He said that the price of petroleum products has gone up in the market and its pricing is not under the control of the government.

Addressing the Daya Shankar Palikhe Journalism Award Ceremony organized by the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Kaski, in Pokhara on Tuesday, Minister Karki said that attention should be paid to the use of electric energy by reducing the consumption of petroleum products.

‘Expensive is not only in our hands. Now the price of petrol has gone up. You know how it is priced, ‘said Minister Karki,’ but the key to displacing petrol is in our pockets. That fact must be taken into account. “

Minister Karki further said, “The way the country is developing in the field of energy. In the next two years, if we are not only self-sufficient in energy, if we fail to increase consumption or export to India, the energy we have produced will be wasted in billions, not crores. So now our stoves have to displace gas and bring energy into our stoves. ‘

Minister Karki has said that it is no longer necessary for Nepalis to call themselves citizens of conflict-affected countries. Instead of singing the song of the conflict victim, he urged to end it forever.

“We are no longer talking in the international arena that we are citizens of a conflict-ridden country. It is not that we are still trying to complete the peace process, ‘he said.

Minister Karki said that the government wants to make press freedom more prosperous. Stating that no journalist will be punished on the basis of expressing his views, he said, “The government is always ready to make legal and structural arrangements to make Nepal a model of press freedom in South Asia.”

Journalist Babita Basnet awarded

Journalist Babita Basnet has been awarded the Journalism Award established in the memory of democracy fighter Daya Shankar Palikhe. The amount of the award is 1 lakh 1 thousand 111 rupees. He is the 22nd journalist to receive the award.

Minister for Communications and Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki and son of late Daya Shankar Bishwa Shankar Palikhel presented the award to Basnet. The amount of the award being given by the Federation of Nepali Journalists Kaski was Rs 55,555 till last year. However, this time the award has been increased, said Rabindra Bastola, coordinator of the selection committee.

After receiving the award, journalist Basnet said that journalism and democracy are interdependent. “The media is also needed to preserve democracy as a democracy,” she said.

Award winner Bishwa Shankar Palikhe said that the award gave him an opportunity to honor and remember his father.

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