30 Jan, Kalikot: The Kumalgaon Village Development Committee (VDC) in Kalikot district has been declared the first smoke-free VDC in the entire Karnali Zone. Kumalgaon VDC with 500 houses lies some 20 kilometres to the north-west of the district headquarters. Improved smoke-less ovens have been installed at every house in the VDC leading to the declaration.

The VDC wes decleared as smoke free on Tuesday .The improved ovens were installed by the help of SNO(sundar nepal organization ) of Surkhet and with the co-opereationof the VDC Office  .