In a latest update regarding Nepal provinces, Pokhara has been declared as the permanent capital of Province 4 of the country.
The Provincial Assembly announcement came after 52 of 60 lawmakers endorsed Pokhara as the provincial capital after the region gained acceptance with two-third majority in the Assembly.
While Nepal Communist Party Lawmaker Krishna Bahadur Thapa proposed the motion, Nepali Congress Mani Bhadra Sharma supported the move before the Deputy Speaker Srijana Sharma finally declared the region as the headquarters of Province 4.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Bikash Lamsal called on the related stakeholders to work for conservation of Pokhara’s beauty.
We have to rally behind the greater Pokhara concept including Kusma, Phalebas, Putalibazar, Madhyabindu and Suklagandaki, says Bikash Lamsal
In the parliamentary committee report formed to study the proposed capitals of Province 4, 93.87 percent voted for Pokhara with only 3.99 percent in favor of Gorkha and other regions.
Following a study covering all 11 districts, the committee headed by Thapa tabled its final report in the Provincial Assembly on June 24, 2018.
The committee was formed on March 26, 2018 and covered a total of 751 individuals from all the districts over the selection of name and capital for the province.
As part of the survey, the panel also considered recommendations from political parties in the Assembly, social organizations and memorandums submitted to it.
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