SURKHET, April 29: Mahendra Bahadur Shahi, chief minister (CM) of Karnali Province, has demanded special rights for the province in the federal law, citing infrastructural and social backwardness.
According to him, Karnali is lagging far behind in terms of development and prosperity in comparison to other provinces which is why it needs special rights. Speaking at a conference organized in Birendranagar on Saturday, Shahi stated that Karnali needs rights more than money. "It's not a big deal for us to prepare Karnali's budget. We don't need money from the central government," said Shahi, adding, "We want the federal law to ensure special rights for the province."
"If the government agrees to give that right, we will take the responsibility of developing our province all on our shoulders," said Chief Minister Shahi. According to him, various multi-national companies are ready to invest for the development of road, electricity, tourism and other infrastructural development of Karnali but the obligation of attaining permission from the federal government is posing problems.
He also said that they won't be able to do much with the budget received for the remaining three months of the current fiscal year. But he also assured to utilize the budget of the upcoming fiscal year properly.