Budget should prioritize economic dev: NSP Coordinator Bhattarai
May 10, 2018 02:36 PM NPT
Naya Shakti Party Nepal Coordinator Dr Baburam Bhattarai (Republica file photo)
ATHMANDU, May 10: Naya Shakti Party coordinator Dr Baburam Bhattarai today said the upcoming budget should prioritize country's economic development.
Commenting on proposal on principle and priority of the Appropriation Bill for the fiscal year 2075\76 presented by Finance Minister Dr Yuba Raj Khatiwada in today's meeting of the House of Representatives, he criticized the budget as continuity of past instead of prioritizing development basis.
The former prime minister viewed that the budget should incorporate agriculture, tourism, water resources, infrastructure development and education, and prioritize speedy construction of international airport, and run technical education.
He also stressed the need for bringing free health insurance for farmers, making available of seeds, and managing irrigation.
Maintaining good relations with both neighbors - India and China - is also the need of the hour at a time when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Nepal, he said.
He also pitched for signing the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) with other 50 countries, while referring to the BIPPA signed with some countries during the premiership of Bhattarai.