No obstruction to press freedom, says Baskota
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, July 6: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota has said that the government will not create any obstruction to press freedom but will not tolerate perpetration of anarchy in the name of press freedom.
Answering the quarries of lawmakers in the National Assembly of Federal Parliament on Friday, Minister Baskota said that nobody on the earth could curtail press freedom at present time.
“Don’t suspect us, government is always committed for safeguarding press freedom but anarchy in the name of media and press freedom will not be tolerated now,” the Minister added.
Baskota expressed his commitment towards the minimum wage determination for the working journalists and said duality in journalists regarding the demand for their right and advocacy against the government accusing that the government had stepped towards autocracy had left the government in dilemma.
The Minister assured that the provision of determining minimum wages for the journalists could be implemented if the journalist would make clear integrated voice for that.
Minister Baskota said that the government was focused on developing data exchange centres in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and in Biratnagar. He said a detail project report (DPR) is being prepared for that.
Stating that the Karnali State was deprived of communication technology, Lawmaker Jeevan Budha asked the minister that when the state would be able to utilise quality technology services of information.
With this, the inter-ministerial budget discussion session in the Upper House entered into the answer delivering session from the divisional ministers for the annual budget allocation for the fiscal year 2019/20 on their ministries.
Along with Minister Baskota, Minister for Finance Dr.Yubaraj Khatiwada, Minister for Forest and Environme Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Bina Magar and Minister for Urban Development Muhammad Istiyak Rai answered the queries raised by lawmakers.
Finance Minister Dr.Khatiwada urged the lawmakers not to blame each and other for budget because the budget carries a clear mandate of socialism.
“Budget is guided towards socialism and nothing else. People have equal rights and budget respects all that,” he added.
Next meeting of the National Assembly is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
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