KATHMANDU – Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has called upon relevant authorities to seek the middle-way for finding solution to the ongoing disputes concerning trunk and dedicated electricity line tariffs.
In a discussion held at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers today, the Prime Minister underlined the need of creating a situation where the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) can recover its dues, and industries can resume operations promptly.
He suggested considering the directives of the Commission for the Abuse of Authority and various committees under the federal parliament while exploring ways for sorting out the matter. He was of the opinion of seeking opinions from the Office of the Attorney General in reaching a conclusive decision, urging relevant bodies to explore alternative ways for resolving the matter.
During the meeting, Minister for Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation, Shakti Bahadur Basent, assured that the government is actively working to resolve the issue based on available facts and existing laws. As he said, entrepreneurs have been given installment options to pay their dues, expressing hope that the matter will be resolved through consensus and legal consultations with the Office of the Attorney General.
Similarly, Minister for Industry, Commerce, and Supplies, Ramesh Rijal, who was also present in the meeting, appealed to the government to facilitate finding solutions to the genuine concerns of industrialists.The Ministry is coordinating efforts to establish common ground for the restoration of industrial operations, according to him.
Government Chief Secretary Dr. Baikuntha Aryal was of the view of seeking solutions in accordance with decisions made by the Electricity Regulatory Commission and existing laws and working procedures.
Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) Managing Director Kulman Ghising briefed the meeting about NEA’s priorities, duties, and future plans. As he assured, disputes regarding trunk and dedicated power lines would be addressed positively.” The NEA anticipates reaching to a concrete decision in consultation with the Electricity Tariff Fixation Commission.”
Those present in the meeting included National Planning Commission Vice Chair Dr. Min Bahadur Shrestha and Energy Secretary Gopal Prasad Sigdel, among others.