Nepal’s new government announced on Friday that it will pay Rs 1 million as compensation to the next of kin of nearly 60 people who died in violent protests against the country’s new Constitution last year.
The decision came just a day after Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” was sworn in along with a small cabinet, and observers said it reflected the government’s intention of dealing with the demands of groups from the Madhes region bordering India.
A cabinet meeting chaired by Prachanda made the decision, which was in line with an agreement reached with protesting Madhes-based political parties on Wednesday.
During the nine-month protest by the Madhes-based parties against provisions in the new Constitution, a total of 59 people, including security personnel, lost their lives and dozens more were injured.
The government also decided to provide necessary treatment to those who were injured during the protest. The government has already doled out millions of rupees for their treatment.
According to the pact between the Madhesi parties and the ruling alliance comprising the Maoists and the Nepali Congress, the government will declare those killed in the protest as “martyrs”.
A judicial commission will be formed soon to probe alleged atrocities by the state agencies during the protest.
According to Krishna Bahadur Mahara, the deputy prime minister and finance minister, the cabinet also decided to withdraw 14 ambassadors proposed by the former government led by KP Sharma Oli.
Prachanda became prime minister after Oli resigned when the opposition filed a no-confidence motion against him.