KATHMANDU, May 27: Taking part in Thursday’s meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) on the government's annual policies and programs, parliamentarians have stressed the need for advancing an independent economy.
They also drew the attention of the executive to come up with programs that have the potential for increasing economic growth. The lawmakers demanded the government lay emphasis on food production so as to reduce dependency on agricultural import.
On the occasion, lawmaker Hridayesh Tripathi who also registered amendment proposals on the policies and programs, accused the government of trying to go backward by presenting an idea to endorse the citizenship bill through consensus. He laid emphasis on advancing the bill as per the provisions enshrined in the Constitution.
Another lawmaker Sher Bahadur Tamang said there was no alternative to expose the government's intention to privatize the public structures. He underscored the need to bring the marijuana bill into public discourse and enact it to strengthen the national economy.
Also taking part in the deliberations, lawmaker Bhim Bahadur Rawal underlined the urgency of developing industries based on domestic raw materials. Rawal had registered a 19-point amendment notice on the government policies and programs.
Another lawmaker Khagaraj Adhikari registered a 139-point amendment notice and demanded the removal of the Indian Army from Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipulek – the Nepali territory encroached upon by India.
Parliamentarian Durga Poudel demanded the annulment of provincial structures as “they are merely increasing productive expenses”. She also called for revisiting the Nepal-India agreement. Poudel also demanded delivering justice to the survivors of violence.
Also taking part in the deliberations yesterday, parliamentarian Prem Suwal called on the government to withdraw the decision of petroleum price hike.