Amid rising frustrations over inability of the government to control corruption and making lawmakers accountable to people, the decision of the parliament secretariat to prohibit the lawmakers from pocketing salaries meant for their personal secretaries, aides and drivers comes as a welcome relief.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli seems bent on misinforming people to hide inefficiency of his administration which is already failing to live up to its promise on development, prosperity, transparency, rule of law and good governance.
A high-level commission has recommended that the federal government oversee the activities of INGOs and all three tiers of government—federal, provincial and local—register and monitor NGOs operating in Nepal.
Even as Dr Govinda KC, crusader against corruption, is planning for his 16th fast unto death against the government for not fulfilling his demands, the government seems reluctant to pass the Medical Education Bill from the parliament or pass it by altering it in a way that leaves many of agreements reached with Dr KC undressed.
One of the reasons Nepal is lagging behind in development and has had dismal growth for the last many years is slow pace of infrastructure development. During the ten-year-long civil war, infrastructure development almost came to a halt because of Maoist disruptions in many places. The rebels had made destroying physical infrastructures one of their tactics to make the state heed their political demands. Then followed direct rule of king and agitation to overthrow monarchy, after which the country plunged into prolonged period of transition.
The parliament’s winter session, which is also taken as the bills session, has commenced on Wednesday. The first meeting of the legislature drew attention of many as key leaders from ruling as well as opposition parties addressed the House raising some serious issues for debate.