“Budget did not come as per the spirit of federalism" - Trilochan Bhatta, Chief Minister, Province 7
May 30, 2018 05:00 AM NPT
The budget is not in line with the spirit of federalism. It is not up to my expectation as the first budget of the federal government; it's rather similar to previous budgets.
The budget should have made clear what works should be carried out by the central, provincial and local governments. Even though a general message has been conveyed about what works the central and provincial ministries should do, it has not been conveyed in the spirit of federalism as it should have been.
Province 7 lagged behind in development in the last few decades. This factor should have been taken into account during the preparation of the budget. No extra budget has been allocated for addressing this factor.
We are finalizing the budget of Province 7 which will be based on the foundations of federalism. It will ensure the optimum utilization of all potential economic sources of the province.