PM Koirala says govt. will help save Sajha Publications

Kathmandu, Sept 4: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that the government would provide necessary support for the development of the Sajha Publications. During the meeting with representatives of the Publications and senior litterateurs associated to the 'Save Sajha Campaign' today, Prime Minister Koirala expressed the commitment to urge the Finance Ministry for the allocation of the budget demanded to make up the financial losses as per the action plan of the Publications

Stating that he was very sad to hear about the financial irregularities in the Publications, he expressed happiness over forwarding reform programmes of the organisation by the new management. The PM also stressed the need that services and facilities should be given by sustaining the government-owned organisation.

Chairman and general manager of the Publications, Dolindra Prasad Sharma, said that voluntary  retirement could be given to the employees and the organisation could  be taken on the profit trajectory if it gets Rs 200 million in soft loan.

Sharma said, "The Publications can focus in its development as well as development of the language, literature and culture from this profit. PM is committed for this. We have been inspired to carry out further works."

Present on the occasion  were the Board member of the Publications and former Education Minister duo-- Pradeep Nepal and Dinanath Sharma--, Rastrakavi Madhav Prasad Ghimire, Chancellor of the Nepal Academy Ganga Prasad Upreti, former Chancellor Bairagi Kainla, senior culture expert Satya Mohan Joshi and Managing Director of the Janak Educational Materials Centre Ltd, Anil Kumar Jha, among others.

The Education Ministry had, last week, decided to give authority to the JEMC and Sajha Publications once again for the printing and distribution of school textbooks.

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