DHARAN, May 5: At a time when the parliament of Province 1 is struggling to fix its name and permanent capital, political and civil society leaders in Dharan started staging protests since Sunday demanding Dharan be declared the capital of the province.

KATHMANDU, March 23: Disappointing voters who expected rapid and meaningful development following the restructuring of the country, the provincial governments have spent only a minimum amount from the budget for the current fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, March 23: At a time when a section of Nepali Congress (NC) leaders are voicing in favor of a referendum on federalism and republic, Dr Shekhar Koirala, a key leader of the party, has said the country cannot backtrack from federalism and republic.

KATHMANDU, March 12: The Department of Drug Administration (DDA), the drug regulating body of the country, is in a sorry state. However, the government has done nothing to restructure and empower it according to the spirit of federalism.

Evaluating Province 2

March 6, 2019 01:30 am

A year after its formation, the government of Province 2 has not been able to address the concerns of the people in line with the spirit of federalism

JANAKPURDHAM, March 2 : Nepali Congress (NC) President has asserted the federalism now has become the need and reality of the country.

Alleyway to Beijing

February 4, 2019 01:30 am

Centralization of all authority in Baluwatar continues unchallenged. Federalism is slowly being turned into a farce. Fundamental freedoms are being curtailed in insidious ways

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: The Inter-Province Council (IPC) has endorsed a timeline for the implementation of federalism, including the management of civil servants, giving full shape to the Natural Resources and Fiscal Commission, and readying the necessary laws.

Youth in Politics. What for?

December 15, 2018 09:25 am

Nepal, in the past 15 years has seen political and social changes once people only imagined of. From unitary to federalism, from monarchy to republic, from a Hindu state to secular, from armed conflict to temporary peace, Nepal has progressed at the speed of rocket. Liking the change or not is a subject to one’s perception and can be debated.  But Nepal’s fast paced political progression has included and attracted minorities into politics, including the youth.

BIRATNAGAR, Nov 2: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, has said that laws brought by provinces contravening with constitution would be scrapped automatically.

ROLPA, Oct 30: For some locals of Thabang is no more the Thabang they remember. One of the locals to feel so is Girish Pun. A former Maoist guerrilla, while sharing such feelings he was referring to the changes that have taken place in this place, which was considered as a Maoist forte during the insurgency. Since the end of war, other political parties have made inroads into this town and have introduced their ideologies. As such, people here now have diverse opinions and follow different ideology.

Of leadership, for the leaders

October 15, 2018 00:30 am

The fictional world of Prime Minister Asha of Singha Durbar TV series mirrors the shenanigans of Nepali politics. But despite the horrendous power struggles and political mudslinging on the screen, Asha understands that collaboration is the key for the successful implementation of federalism. Dubbed as a “roadmap for governance and leadership,” the TV series made a comeback with season two in July 2018 with support from USAID, United Nations in Nepal, and Nepali diaspora—this time with a storyline which reflects the challenges and opportunities of federalism.

UDAYAPUR, Oct 11: Fifteen months after federalism came into effect, most of the district-based offices in Udayapur have finally been closed. As there was confusion over which government is responsible for handling state matters, these offices were not removed for long.

Saving federalism

October 7, 2018 01:00 am

The government of KP Sharma Oli needs to defeat CK Raut by strengthening federalism and inclusive nationalism

JANAKPURDHAM, Oct 6: As the federal government did not pay much attention into arranging required staffers, Province 2 government has forwarded the procedure for appointing staff in contract basis on its own.

KATHMANDU, Oct 4: Two major publications on federalism published by Governance Facility were launched amid a special function held in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Experts have said that the lack of financial resources combined with the lack of capacity for service delivery at the local level units could become one of the biggest challenges for Nepal's federalism.

The new federal government hiked tax rates on several consumer goods through the budget. Similarly, provincial and local governments are also doing the same, overcharging citizens on even basic services like birth registration.

KATHMANDU, June 28: Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Thapa condemned the Prime Minister’s opinion on long fought federalism.

The budget is not in line with the spirit of federalism. It is not up to my expectation as the first budget of the federal government; it's rather similar to previous budgets.

Corruption in federalism

May 10, 2018 00:34 am

Nepal’s tryst with federalism will be shaped by the corruption factor. Will federalism kill corruption or will corruption kill federalism?

KATHMANDU, April 19: The World Bank has estimated that the transition costs of restructuring the government in the new federal set up would be at 3-4 percent of GDP per year over the next four years.

Business in federalism

April 5, 2018 01:00 am

Provincial and local governments should have a clear roadmap to advance and realize their prosperity agenda

BIRATNAGAR, March 29: With the implementation of federalism, the district's headquarters are losing their old charm while movement of people is gradually increasing in the new centers of the local units across the country.

KATHMANDU, March 24: The World Bank’s credit of US$ 200 million (Rs 20.6 billion) to Nepal for financing federalism in the country has landed into controversy.

LALITPUR, March 10: Experts, elected people's representatives and ex-civil service employees said that the implementation of federalism would take stride after the adjustment of employees.  It was said at an interaction programme 'Present Challenges and Potentials of Federalism Implementation' organized here today to mark the 27th establishment day of Ex Employees Service Council.

KATHMANDU, Mar 7: Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) on Tuesday held an interaction with cultural experts as it prepares to make amendment to National Cultural Policy 2010.

ROLPA, Feb 5: People in towns and villages have felt sheer changes in their day-to-day life following the implementation of federalism across the nation. Land prices have skyrocketed; tea shops, hotels, eateries have been doing brisk business. The change in governing order has touched almost everyone even in the remote areas like Rolpa.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: With the successful completion of local, provincial and central level elections, Nepal has moved toward implementation of federal system.

KATHMANDU, Feb 5: All three tiers of government can manage the financial resources required to run their administrative set ups in the federal structure by taking key measures such as increasing the tax base, cutting recurrent expenditure and achieving high growth through investment - particularly private and public investment in infrastructures - politicians and economists have said.

HETAUDA, Feb 2: The first meeting of the provincial assembly of Province 3 held in Hetauda on Thursday has set February 10 as the date for the election of the assembly speaker.

KATHMANDU, Jan 5:  A row between the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the local bodies has surfaced in course of incorporating the education system in the new federal structure.

On ethnic federalism

December 9, 2017 07:25 am

Federalism based largely on ethnic grounds is a necessity for the marginalized Madhesis and Janjatis to feel secure in the country

Nepal is exercising the federalism after the conclusion of the three-level elections- local, provincial and federal parliamentary. A lot of works are yet to be done before putting the new structure in place. The proper allocation of revenue and mobilization of means and resources of the state is uncertain until the financial commission is formed.

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: The Ministry of General Administration (MoGA) has finalized a draft of the Civil Servants Adjustment Regulations 2074 BS to adjust over 86,000 civil servants in three different tiers of government under the new federal set up.

JANAKPUR, Sept 11: Nepali Congress (NC) former General Secretary Bimalendra Nidhi has argued that the third phase of local level election to be held in Province No 2 on September 18 would offer a chance to identity who were for federalism and who were not.

KATHMANDU, August 10: At a time when the donor-influenced school sector reform program (SSRP) has bitten the dust, the government has extended its Rs 1.1 trillion School Sector Development Program (SSDP) for another seven years. SSDP is being vehemently criticized as a centrally imposed program against the spirit of federalism.

KATHMANDU, June 11: Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) and Naya Shakti Party Nepal (NSPN) have urged the agitating Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) to participate in the local polls to safeguard the achievements of the Madhes movement, including federalism.

KATHMANDU, June 11: Naya Shakti Party Nepal (NSPN) Chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai and Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) chairman Updendra Yadav on Sunday urged Rastriya Janata Party Nepal Chairman Mahantha Thakur to protect the achievements of the Madhes movement by capitalizing on the upcoming local level elections.

KATHMANDU, May 30: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara has said that the government has started implementation of the federalism through budget.

KATHMANDU, May 25: Prime Minister and CPN (Maoist Centre) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has said federalism, republic, inclusion and proportional representation have been guaranteed with the holding of the local-level election.

KATHMANDU, March 31: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has given assurances to have the new education regulation under the Education Act (eighth amendment), 2016 passed soon.

KATHMANDU, March 19: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has directed the authorities concerned to expedite the formulation of all federal laws demanded by the constitution.

Where is federalism heading?

December 24, 2016 16:20 pm

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: The constitution amendment bill has been stuck at the Legislature-Parliament for the past two weeks. The major opposition, CPN-UML, along with some fringe parties, have been obstructing the parliament business arguing that the bill has jeopardized the geographical unity and integrity by hiving off some hill districts from the province No 5, and by making easy provisions on acquisition of naturalized citizenship.

CHITWAN, Dec 17: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that conspiracies were being hatched to do away with federalism from the country.

KAPILVASTU, Dec 16: Chairman of the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, Upendra Yadav has accused the CPN-UML of trying to kill pro-change agendas like republicanism and federalism under the pretext of nationalism.

BAGLUNG, Dec 16: Former Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Chairman of Rastriya Janmorcha, Chitra Bahadur KC has claimed that federalism was imposed on Nepal as per an Indian design. “Federalism has been imposed on Nepal as per an Indian design to split the Tarai-Madhes from Nepal and merge it into India,” KC claimed at a press meet here on Thursday.

Bhojraj Pokharel as Chief Election Commissioner successfully conducted the first Constituent Assembly elections in 2008. The now retired civil servant has since closely studied other transitional countries and their electoral systems. He has at times even acted as an interlocutor in the (still ongoing) negotiations over the new constitution in Nepal. Are timely elections still possible? What can Nepal learn from other transitional countries? And what, in his view, are the dangers of putting off important decisions? Biswas Baral and Mahabir Paudyal caught up with him.

WALING, Dec 10: Nepali Congress General Secretary, Shashank Koirala, has said that insufficient preparation was the reason behind the current dispute over implementation of federalism.

Why federalism is failing

December 10, 2016 00:25 am

If the conviction and end goal of some is secession, they won’t be satisfied no matter how you draw federal borders