Economic goal cannot be achieved unless unproductive expenditure curbed: Sharma

Published On: January 30, 2018 03:10 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: Former Vice-Chairman of National Planning Commission and Economic Expert Dr Shankar Sharma has said that unhealthy competition among the political parties in hiking elderly allowance will have adverse impact on the country’s economy in the long run.  

“The budget meant for infrastructure development will go to social security allowance, adding further economic burden to the country,” Dr Sharma said.

Referring to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuab’s decision of reducing the age of getting elderly allowance from 70 to 65, Dr Sharma said, “It will have a long-term effect on the nation’s economy.”

"It is an irony that political parties always stress economic prosperity of the country but every newly formed government decides to investment in unproductive areas which will not help us achieve set economic goals," argued Sharma.

He criticized that the then UML chairman KP Sharma Oli -ed government hiked the elderly allowance from Rs 1, 000 to Rs 2, 000 and the subsequent government followed suit for chief publicity. 

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