Network of Kathmandu Valley deputy mayors demand revision to bill designed to amend Local Government Operation Act

Published On: February 27, 2024 01:10 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 27:  A network of deputy mayors of the local governments in the Kathmandu Valley has demanded revision to the bill designed to amend the Local Government Operation Act, 2074.

An urgent meeting organized by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City showed concern over the draft of the amendment bill published by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration. The ministry said the draft of the bill was published for feedback.

The network of municipalities in the Valley has decided to study the draft bill and submit suggestions for revision to the ministry. The ministry has been asked to send the draft bill to all local governments. 

The network meeting hosted by Chandragiri Municipality also decided to introduce its own logo. The Madhyapur Thimi Municipality has planned to host the next meeting of the network.

Mayor at Chandragiri Municipality, Ghanashyam Giri, said time has come for the local governments to work together on revenue collection, garbage management, traffic management, drinking water, infrastructure, education, and health. An integrated approach could help resolve the pressing problems in a sustainable manner, he underlined.  

"Such meetings are useful to build common understanding on the points for revision in the draft bill designed to amend the Local Government Operation Act, 2074," he added.

On the occasion, Deputy Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), Sunita Dangol, complained that the draft of the bill had not reached the KMC yet.

Deputy mayor of Chandragiri Municipality, Basanti Shrestha, said that the network needs another meeting to sort out the issues in the draft bill.

In the meeting facilitated by Chief Administrative Officer of the municipality office, Hemraj Aryal, former secretary of Nepal government, Dr Gopi Krishna Khanal, provided orientation on revenue management at the local level. He suggested expanding the tax base rather than increasing tax rates. 


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