Kathmandu: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has said arrangements could be made for providing the non-residential Nepali citizenship to the Non-Resident Nepalis (NRNs) after much struggle and efforts. Distributing the non-resident Nepali citizenship to the NRNs amidst a program organized at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar, he said he had to struggle a lot to make it possible. “I have made a great deal of struggle and initiation to have the provision of providing the non-residential citizenship with the economic and cultural rights to the NRNs incorporated in the Constitution of Nepal. You have acquired the constitutional right on the strength of this initiation,” the PM said.
“I am confident that the hundreds of thousands of NRNs in foreign land very well understand the non-resident Nepali citizenship was achieved through whose struggle and initiatives. You will also explain to all friends and the Nepali community this fact and make them understand it accordingly.”
He further said that many issues related to the NRNs have been addressed through the government’s policies and programs, and the budget. “Legal provisions have been made for opening the non-resident Nepalis’ investment in the secondary securities market. Similarly, the decision to encompass the workers on foreign employment into the contribution-based social security program through the Social Security Fund has been implemented. This is a historical work,” the PM explained.
Reminding that the Nepalis spread throughout the world are Nepal’s non-resident envoys, he said the nation expected a lot from the NRNs. The PM mentioned that the government has been collaborating with the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) since its inception. Various programs targeting the NRNs have been announced through the budget statement for the current fiscal year, he added.
NRNA Executive President Badri KC said with the distribution of Nepali citizenship to NRNs, the campaign ‘Once a Nepali you always remain a Nepali’ has become meaningful. ‘The citizenship is not just a paper. It’s a responsibility. Nepalis living abroad should contribute in motherland’s prosperity”, he stressed. Stating that ‘Diaspora’ has significant role in country’s development, President Kul Acharya mentioned that the citizenship has connected people residing abroad with motherland. Likewise, NRNA Founding President Upendra Mahato shared that the Non-Resident Nepali citizenship is not just a piece of paper, it is the part of the heart.