Leader of the main opposition Sher Bahadur Deuba reacting to the government’s policy and programs in parliament on Wednesday. Photo: Dipesh Shrestha/Republica
KATHMANDU, May 24: Main opposition party Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said the policy and programs presented by the government in parliament for the upcoming fiscal year lack any novelty.
Taking part in discussions in parliament on Wednesday, NC President Deuba said the policy and programs had nothing new even though the current government has a historic opportunity to deliver tangible results. “There are policies in the policy and programs, but there are no programs,” he said.
“Where are the government’s programs for the coming year? On what basis is one to evaluate this government when addressing parliament again next year?” he asked.
Arguing that the current government has a historic opportunity to deliver as the country has now moved ahead on the path of prosperity after a protracted political transition, Deuba expressed concern that it was squandering the opportunity.
“The country has now moved ahead on the path of prosperity. The political transition has come to an end. High economic growth rate has been achieved in the last two years,” he said.
“But there is no newness and novelty in the policy and programs unveiled by the government. We are worried that this highly favorable environment is simply being squandered,” Deuba further said.
Deuba, a former prime minister, said the indirect move by the government to weaken provincial and local level governments was unacceptable to the NC. “There is no clarity in the policy and programs of the government on making the legal and administrative structures dynamic,” he said, adding that the capacity of the local levels cannot be enhanced without the active partnership of the federal government with provinces and the local levels.
Deuba also highlighted the achievements of NC-led governments at different points in history. He argued that the economy had made significant progress after the NC-led government adopted a liberal economic policy.