KATHMANDU, May 7: Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and former Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has said that the policies and programs that the government has presented had addressed the people's desire and aspirations to the maximum.
NCP and the former PM said so while speaking during the discussions on the government's policies and programs for the fiscal year 2020/2021 that President Bidya Devi Bhandari presented in the joint session of both the houses of the Federal Parliament on May 3.
Chair Dahal thanked the government, saying the policies and programs incorporating the government's works for the next one year have encompassed the maximum topics related to the basic needs of the people.
Expressing his strong support to the policies and programs, the NCP chairman urged the lawmakers to vote in its favour. "Compared to the last fiscal year's policies and programs, the present policies and programs document has come in a systematic manner. Attempts have been made to try and address, to the maximum extent, the people's desire and aspirations through it. I want to extend my thanks to the government," he said.
Stating he has the feeling that the policies and programs have come in a new level qualitative manner compared to the last year's policies and programs, Chairman Dahal lauded the opposition party for giving the debate on it a new stature by putting their views in writing with preparation as compared to the last year. He stated that the government was committed to completing the remaining works of the peace process.
"The ruling side and the opposition are committed to take the remaining works of the peace process to a conclusion. The task of formulating the Act has been forwarded reflecting the letter and spirit of the constitution. The constitution has envisaged a new structure. The work of establishing a new mechanism has been moved ahead as conceived in the constitution," the ruling party Chair said. He said: "We, all the political forces, do not have the liberty to negate one another, going out of our limitations, in the name of ruling side and opposition at present."
Reiterating that the government has made efforts to address the national aspiration of 'Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali', Chair Dahal said, "Had the government not been able to formulate many Acts related to the fundamental rights in line with the constitution by September 19, 2018, a constitutional controversy might have arisen which could have pushed the nation towards uncertainty. The government is moving ahead with utmost seriousness by making laws related to the fundamental rights.
Likewise, some success has also been achieved in putting in place the fitting mechanisms." He said efforts have been made after the formation of the new government to 'balance' Nepal's relations with neighbours, to solve the challenges seen in making the country's foreign relations balanced and systematic, adding that initiatives have also been made to expand the foreign relations in line with the national interests and the development endeavours.
"The many agreements reached with India related to border, air entry point, and construction of railways and Hulaki Marga (postal road), are of long-term significance; and this has prepared the base for development," NCP chair said. He said, "Many agreements signed with China are positive and of significant success, making long-term impact on Nepal's development initiatives." Saying the government achieved success last year as the foundation year of the development, Chair Dahal expressed the view that it would play positive role for the next government and coming generation in the initiatives of taking the country towards new era for country's prosperity.
The NCP Chair said that sustainable development was not possible without long-term development, saying sustainable peace and long-term development are inter-related. It would not be possible to materialize the theme, 'Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali', without mechanization and commercialization in agriculture, he added. Stressing that problem of landless squatters would not be resolved only by providing land, Dahal said that the problem could be resolved through employment opportunities.
Also the former Prime Minister, Dahal expressed the belief that the problems of landless squatters would be resolved after the establishment of industrial corridor in all seven provinces, industrial village in all local levels.
Saying connectivity was mandatory condition of the development, he said that the developed countries in the world have made themselves prosperous through connectivity. The concept to link the east-west and north-south is coming not just as a vision but as a project when there is a lack of a substantive project building a linkage between the society and the daily life of the people.
“Though it sounds imaginary to talk about the railway project for the Kathmandu Valley and the operation of the east-west railway and the construction of regional and international airports, such dreams are necessary for politics and all political parties should work for transforming such dreams into reality.” Underlining the need of mobilizing the people by presenting a goal of prosperity before them, the former prime minister was of the view of mobilization of the entire political force and people for the development and prosperity.
Describing Nepal as a country with abundant potentiality in terms of historic, geographical and political aspects and experiences, the NCP chair highlighted the need for taking development and prosperity as a campaign. Sharing bitter experiences about the failure to satisfy the people by institutionalizing political achievements gained through people’s struggle and operating the nation as per changed political context, he said threat still existed that status quo mentality wanting to weaken such achievements and political course could be dominating.
He said he sensed a warning call for untoward difficulties due to challenges in the implementation of federalism, employees’ adjustment and performance issues. People are evaluating our works, they have still trust that the government and people’s representatives are working to implement federalism appropriately, he said, highlighting the need for safeguarding the changes. As he said, there is no alternative to working in unity by the ruling and opposition parties to make the policy and programmes successful. He was of the view of taking the oppositions’ criticism easily and focusing on its implementation. RSS