BIRATNAGAR, Aug 14: Although it's been raining cats and dogs in Biratnagar for some days, unlike in the past, there has not been any cases of inundation in the city this monsoon, thanks to the timely actions taken by the local government against the monsoon-induced disasters.

Jeevlal Poudel, from ChilawniPokhara in GulmiDarbar Rural Municipality-6, is 81 years old and walks with the help of a cane. He faces difficulty when walking uphill and downhill, and knee pain prevents him from traveling long distances. Until a few years ago, he had to go to Goudakot, a market area with a bank, to collect his old age allowance provided by the government, and he needed the assistance of a family member to accompany him. However, senior citizens like Jeevlal have been greatly relieved after the local government launched a door-to-door service campaign to address the problems faced by its citizens.

Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Mayor Balendra Shah's recent initiative to inspect community schools within the metropolis deserves huge applause. His proactive measures to enhance the quality of education in the community schools has set a positive example for 752 other local government heads to follow.

CHITWAN, April 17: Ratnanagar municipality has showcased exemplary performance in waste management when it has emerged a big challenge for the local government units across the country.

UDAYAPUR, Dec 6: The restoration of Udayapurgadhi, the old headquarters of Udayapur district, is in the final stage. The restoration of the old fort, which started three years ago, is almost 80 percent complete.

DAMAULI, June 26: The local level governments in Tanahun district have presented a budget estimate of around Rs 8 billion for the coming fiscal year 2022/23.

The local governments receive conditional money from the federal and provincial governments. That may not address all local needs. So, the local rulers should focus on planning and economic autonomy.

WALING, March 24: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said the local governments should be accountable and transparent in order to address the people's aspirations. PM Deuba said it while inaugurating the newly-constructed building of Chapakot Municipality at Suntalinagar here today.

KATHMANDU, March 14: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said the local government is the first school of democracy and the closest government to address people's expectations and needs.

KARNALI, Aug 19: The Birendranagar-based State Ayurveda Pharmacy has come across a shortage of human resource and physical capital due to sheer ignorance on part of the government authorities.

How are the local governments doing?

August 16, 2020 08:30 am

Local governments still have a long way to go for ensuring a pro-people and deliberative democracy with strong priority towards recognizing the voice of citizens and their meaningful empowerment.

RAUTAHAT, March 27: In a bid to ease the smooth supplies of vegetables in the district headquarters, the Rautahat district administration resumed local vegetable markets on Thursday.

KHOTANG, Oct 15: Drought victims of eight wards in Halesi Tuwachung Municipality of Khotang were distributed food recently. The local government took the step to distribute food and make the people aware about food storage by conducting a program.

KATHMANDU, Sept 21: Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration Lal Babu Pandit has stressed for the need of one-door policy for the capacity building of government employees so that it would bring uniformity in the bureaucracy.

OKHALDHUNGA, Sept 17: A ward chairperson has come under fire for taking a solar set to his home from a health post in Sunkoshi rural municipality in the district.

BHAIRAHAWA, Aug 27: Students studying in community schools in Rohini rural municipality, Rupandehi, from now on, don’t have to drop their studies due to heavy cost on studies.

KHOTANG, Aug 19: Police have arrested chairperson of ward no 5 of Kepilasgadhi Rural Municipality in Khotang Khagendra Rai and three others on Monday on the charge of thrashing a local youth.

SIRAHA, Aug 14: Ward chairperson of Siraha Municipality Ward No 18 Ram Sogarath Yadav has thrashed a youth of the same ward Manoj Kumar Ray, 25.

KATHMANDU, Aug 12: As many as 150 civil servants, who have already been deputed to various provincial and local government offices according to the civil servants adjustment process, have sought their transfers to various federal government offices, claiming that they are suffering from various mental illnesses.

KATHMANDU, Aug 11: The House of Representatives (HoR), Public Account Committee, has sought correction in the local government's decision in Dhading to lease public land to a cement factory for 50 years.

KATHMANDU, June 26: Local governments across the country have unveiled their annual budgets for the next fiscal year, their second budgets since they came into existence following the 2017 local elections.

KATHMANDU, June 12: Experts in the field of post-disaster recovery and reconstruction have prompted the federal and local governments to cooperate with each other for durable and inclusive post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction in Nepal.

BALEWA, May 2: Local governments based in Baglung district have started consultations with stakeholders in course of the formulation of policy and budget for upcoming year.

Building safe homes

April 25, 2019 01:30 am

Local governments should take initiative for implementing building codes and by-laws. They should also monitor compliance of those laws

Local govts disobeying central govt

April 1, 2019 05:00 am

DANG, April 1: Many local units in Dang have been charged with disregarding the central government's instructions regarding the usage of machinery for local projects.

ILAM, Feb 16: After restructuring the government in the new federal setup, a large number of government bodies based in the district headquarters were brought under the jurisdiction of the local government. However, there is still confusion over the authority of the District Public Health Office (DPHO), Ilam.

ILAM, Feb 5: People have huge expectations from the local government regarding development and even for finding solutions to a wide range of legal issues

KMC to implement local curriculum

February 4, 2019 18:30 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is all set to intensify the enforcement of local curriculum from the upcoming academic session.

DAMAK, Jan 19: People's representatives who were elected with the hope of bringing change and development in the society have been found engaging themselves in matters which have very little public importance.

Govt starts civil servants adjustment

December 27, 2018 09:36 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: Amid protests by a section of civil servants and trade unions, the government has formally initiated civil servants adjustment in federal, provincial and local governments from Wednesday.

SIRAHA, Dec 2: Last year when some people were installing an electricity pole near his house, Satelal Yadav, 71, was surprised.

KAVRE, Nov 18: Brick kilns based in Bhakundebensi of Namobuddha municipality, Kavrepalanchowk are still operative against local government's notice.

PARBAT, Nov 10: The International Parbat Service Society has agreed to financially assist the local government at Jaljala rural municipality in Parbat to construct shelter for those rendered homeless by last July flood and landslide.

JUMLA, Oct 27: In the last one decade, road networks have expanded remarkably across the country. Towns and villages in the hills, plains and mountains have got new motorable roads. With the local government taking charge last year, even remotest areas have begun to feel the change.

BUTWAL, Oct 3: It has been 12 years since Sabitra Bhattarai of Sukkhanagar in Butwal has been struggling for a jar of water every single day. During these years, a lot of leaders got elected as ministers and lawmakers.

BHOJPUR, Oct 2: The last local elections were held with the slogan 'Gaun Gaun ma Singha Durbar', meaning every village would have executive power in its own area under the new federal structure.

Tax terror! (with video)

September 10, 2018 19:32 pm

As the country has adopted federalism, the concept of the local government has emerged. Based on the concept, local governments have been formed after the election. As the local governments have to generate the revenue source, they have started imposing unnecessary taxation.

Locals protest against local government

September 6, 2018 05:30 am

SIRAHA, Sept 6: After struggling with the lack of transparency, mismanagement, irregularities and various other difficulties for almost two decades, the announcement of local elections had brought a huge respite to locals.

JUMLA, Sept 5: There are four government health institutions in Chandanath Municipality of the district headquarters Khalanga. Sadly, all of them are facing a medicine crunch at the moment.