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Nepal cabinet asks India to ease supply of commodities

Nepal government also approached Bangladesh and Russia to explore possibilities of getting petroleum products and cooking gas.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu |
November 10, 2015 12:30:11 am

The Nepal government has asked India to help normalise supply of essential commodities in view of the hardships the Himalayan nation is facing due to the ‘blockade’ along the border.

A cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister K P Oli, through a special resolution, asked the Indian government to help “normalise the supply and contribute towards building cordiality in bilateral relations.” However, parallel to the cabinet resolution, the Nepal government also approached Bangladesh and Russia separately to explore possibilities of petroleum products and cooking gas being supplied from there.

Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, in charge of foreign ministry, met the ambassador of these countries soliciting their help to address the problem Nepal is facing.

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Significantly, the resolution comes a day after the results of the Bihar assembly elections as speculations had it that check-points along Nepal-Bihar border had been ‘blocked’ due to elections in Bihar.

The cabinet resolution said Nepal is facing acute shortage of petroleum products and cooking gas as well as essential commodities like medicines. Although authorities in Nepal including the top executives attribute the ‘undeclared blockade to India’, the cabinet resolution mentions no word like blockade, and simply calls it ‘uneasy situation causing hardships to the people of Nepal.”

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