KATHMANDU, May 27: The Sajha Party has expressed serious concern over the government's plan to give continuity to funds to lawmakers under the Partnership Program saying that such funds are being grossly misused.
Issuing a press statement on Wednesday, the party said that Rs 20 billion funds being allocated to the lawmakers is one of the examples of growing policy corruption in the country.
The party objected to this policy while accusing the government of promoting corruption by providing budget to members of the central and provincial lawmakers in the name of infrastructural development in their election constituencies.
"In fact, the fund is not meant for infrastructural development, its just for the sake of the MPs who grossly misuse it for electoral gains,” the statement further reads.
"The COVID-19 pandemic is inviting the economic crisis. The income and revenue of the government are projected to be decreased this year. Amid such a situation, the government is distributing budget to its lawmakers. It is actually a financial crime," the party said.
The party has urged the government to invest the fund (Rs 20 billion) in battling the COVID-19 pandemic this year and in health sectors in years ahead.
The Sajha Party also appealed to all parliamentarians and citizens to stand together against allocating funds to the MPs.