HoR session: Deliberations on policies and programs in progress

Published On: May 24, 2023 06:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, May 24: Deliberations on the government's policies and programs for Fiscal Year 2023/24 continue in the House of Representatives (HoR) today as well. 

Taking part in the discussions on the policies and programs today, Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP)'s leader and lawmaker Gyan Bahadur Shahi said the RPP will conduct a campaign against corruption from the streets and in parliament in a constructive manner.

"Let the government bring to justice the corrupt and the criminals, we will carry out a campaign against corruption," he said, adding that the effectiveness of parliament needed to be enhanced and it will not be realized only by merely playing the 'routine role' of the ruling side and the opposition side. 

Shahi said the parliament is not a place to exchange baseless gossip. "Daily Rs 1 million is spent to run parliament now. The people have not sent us here to waste time in baseless talk," he added. 

Shahi demanded serious investigation into the fake Bhutanese refugee scandal. According to him, there should not be two sets of rules - one for the privileged people in the government and the other for the general public. Everyone is equal before the law, he argued.  Lawmaker Shahi also called for depoliticizing the education and health sectors and urged parliament to make a law not allowing the government officials and lawmakers to invest in schools, colleges and hospitals.

He also called on the government to bring a concrete plan for employment creation within the country, scrap the trade unions, create an investment climate and protect domestic industries and productions through the upcoming budget.

Some essential topics have been missed out in policies: leader Yadav 

Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal Chair and lawmaker Upendra Yadav said although the government's policies and programs have included many topics, some important topics have been left out.

He opined that the topic of making fiscal federation effective contained in the policies and programs is positive, but it is not spelled out how it is going to be done. 

Similarly, he mentioned about other 'positive programs' contained in the budget: re-operating the closed and sick industries, restricting the National Planning Commission, the provision of agriculture insurance and seed storage facilities, setting up fertilizer industry, providing ID cards to the poor families, bringing foreign investment in the industrial sector and starting the construction of the Nijgadh airport, among others.

Lawmaker Yadav however slammed the policies and programs, saying they were oriented towards hijacking the powers of the province and local governments.

Rs 5 trillion is required for implementing policies and programs: MP Ale 

Lawmaker Prem Bahadur Ale said that a budget of around Rs 5 trillion is required to implement the government's policies and programs. 

He opined that although the policies and programs which come at a time when the country is facing an economic crisis included some 'very promising and ambitious' programs, their implementation seems quite challenging. 

"A budget of around Rs 5 trillion is required in order to implement each and every program included in the policies and programs," he said, adding that the Auditor General shows that only about 37 percent of all the programs included in the government's past policies and programs have been implemented. He called for making the revenue administration efficient, introducing tax reforms and constructing a tri-nation road linking Kailash-Mansarovar through Nepal.

Programs linked with the life of citizen should be included in the budget: Singh 

Prakash Man Singh asserted that plans and programs linked with the life of the common man should be prioritized in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 

He demanded that the government should bring a budget fulfilling the needs and aspirations of the citizens so as to remove the sense of despondency currently seen among the people. Stating that the rule of law be strictly implemented for promoting good governance and the zero tolerance on corruption, he called for fair investigation into the fake Bhutanese refugee scam and punishment to the culprits. 

Lawmaker Singh also demanded preparing an integrated development plan for the federal capital and the federal government only implementing the national pride projects and the projects of strategic importance. 

Need of modern burn hospital starkly felt in country: lawmaker Bhandari 

Lawmaker Chandrakanta Bhandari, who suffered burn injuries and underwent successful treatment in India, urged the government to construct a modern hospital for treating burn patients within the country. 

Stating that 110 people lost life to burn injuries in various fire incidents including the explosion of cooking gas cylinders last year alone, he said there is a need for a well-equipped burn hospital within the country. He added that he has also shared this to the Prime Minister when he met him after returning from India following his treatment. 

Bhandari also stressed on the need of making the people aware about the fire safety measures.

Raghuveer Mahaseth said what the people needed at present was development and commitment to it. He called on the government to bring the bill on citizenship promptly to provide citizenship to the offspring of Nepali citizens who have acquired citizenship by birth.

He demanded that the government make provisions for re-operating the now closed Birgunj Agricultural Implement Industry, the Birgunj Sugar Mills and the Janakpur Cigarette Factory.

Lawmaker Ram Kumar Rai said the step taken by the government against corruption has raised the hope and enthusiasm among the people that the present government means tough against corruption.

Similarly, lawmakers Surya Man Dong, Shankar Bhandari, Mangal Prasad Gupta, Hit Bahadur Tamang, Ishwari Devi Neupane, Sunita Baral and Lekhnath Dahal stressed on the effective and honest implementation of the policies and programs.


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