Pres­i­dent Bhandary's con­cern

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Pres­i­dent Bidya Devi Bhan­dari has asked the lead­ers of ma­jor par­ties to talk with India to de­velop proper river sys­tem so as to find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to the prob­lems of flood­ing in the Tarai. Pres­i­dent Bhan­dari invited the top lead­ers of the ma­jor par­ties at her of­fice last week and told them to de­velop sus­tain­able strate­gies to man­age the rivers and solve the prob­lems of flood­ing in Nepal. She even asked Prime Min­is­ter Sher Ba­hadur Deuba to raise the is­sue of dams con­structed by India on Nepal-India bor­der if they are caus­ing prob­lem in Nepal's ter­ri­tory.

Pres­i­dent Bhan­dari said that the gov­ern­ment should

de­vise ap­pro­pri­ate river sys­tem in con­sul­ta­tion with India to pre­vent the coun­try's south­ern low­lands from in­un­da­tion. Pres­i­dent Bhan­dari urged the lead­ers to find the per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to the prob­lem of floods af­ter the mas­sive floods caused an im­mense dam­age in the “Since floods have be­come a re­cur­ring prob­lem, we should think about min­i­miz­ing dam­ages from the floods in­stead of just fo­cus­ing on the re­lief and res­cue works. If dams con­structed by India is caus­ing a prob­lem, the prime min­is­ter should raise this is­sue dur­ing his India visit,” Pres­i­dent Bhan­dari was quoted say­ing. She also urged the gov­ern­ment to en­sure prompt res­cue, re­lief, and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of peo­ple af­fected by nat­u­ral calamities. She also asked lead­ers to de­vise ap­pro­pri­ate strate­gies to en­sure proper set­tle­ment, es­pe­cially for the Dom, Chamar, and Musha­har com­mu­ni­ties. Dur­ing the meet­ing, Prime Min­is­ter Sher Ba­hadur Deuba had briefed the Pres­i­dent about the works be­ing car­ried out by the gov­ern­ment to bring nor­malcy in the af­fected ar­eas. Be­sides PM Deuba, UML Chair­man KP Sharma Oli, CPN (Maoist Cen­ter) Chair­man Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal and leader Narayankazi Shrestha, NC se­nior leader Ram Chandra Poudel and UML Vice Chair Bam Dev Gau­tam were present dur­ing the meet­ing.

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