DHADING/RASUWA, 0ct 20: Himal Simkhada of Fulkharka village of Ganga Jamuna Rural Municipality does not frequent the district headquarters these days. Before the implementation of federalism, he used to frequent the headquarters for official work. And most often than not, the process of completing the work would be full of hassles and time-consuming.

RAJBIRAJ, Aug 28: Five rural municipalities of Saptari district are likely to lose federal grants after failing to hold their respective council meetings and unveil budget as required by the Local Government Operation Act 2017.

OKHALDHUNGA, Aug 3: The house of Lal Prasad Ghimire of Khijitaki village of Khijidemba Rural Municipality–4, Okhaldhunga suffered huge damage in the devastating 2015 earthquake. Although the house was inhabitable, his name was not included in the list of eligible housing grant recipients in the first survey conducted by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA). In the last four years, he complained about it on several occasions with the local authorities.  He did not know whether his name was included on the list.

KATHMANDU, July 3: Over 400,000 applications were received at the Public Service Commission (PSC) for 9,161 vacancies at 515 various local units across the country until a few hours before the final deadline.

KATHMANDU, July 1: The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) had made it mandatory for local units across the country to unveil the budget before June 25. However, around 118 local units are yet to do so despite missing their deadline. The dispute between local representatives, lack of manpower and coordination between the officials have been learnt to be the major reasons behind the delay.

KATHMANDU, June 30: Though it has been over two years since the country went into a federal structure, 23 local units are still devoid of a bank branch.

KHOTANG, June 27: Khotang's five local units have failed to present their annual budgets and programs within the date set by the government, citing different reasons.

KATHMANDU, June 11: The government is formally introducing a measure to tighten the transfer of grants to provinces and local units that fail to submit financial details on time.

KATHMANDU, June 8: Parliament's State Affairs Committee is planning to direct the Public Service Commission (PSC) to scrap vacancies at various local units as these vacancies were against the principle of inclusive representation.

POKHARA, June 3: Gandaki Province recently began the task for demarcating the borders of its local units and wards, starting from Kaski.

PARBAT, April 25: A large number of students in Kushma Municipality have been deprived of textbooks as the local unit has failed to sanction the budget for community schools to buy the textbooks even after the beginning of the new academic year.

GORKHA, April 23: Haphazard excavation of resources on the banks of the Trishuli, Budi Gandaki, and Daraudi rivers is highly prevalent despite instructions from the local governments of Gorkha to bring such activities to a halt.

KATHMANDU, April 21: Commercial banks are yet to expand their reach to 40 local units as of mid-March. Though the government has been pushing them to have at least one branch in each local unit, banking institutions have been able to show their presence in only 713 out of 753 local units.

KATHMANDU, April 20: The government is introducing a new law to coordinate the provincial and local units with the federal level while exercising concurrent powers, and to settle disputes between the three tiers of government under the federal structure.

DHADING, March 15: Residents of two local units of Dhading district are at odds over an access road being built by a cement factory.

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: While political interference and the partisan interests of teachers and school management officials are widely blamed for the poor performance of public schools across the country, many local bodies have introduced the practice of appointing elected ward chairpersons as the heads of school management committees within their jurisdictions.

Govt has lost its track: Ex-PM Bhattarai

February 21, 2019 06:00 am

RUKUM, Feb 21: Former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has stressed on the need to strengthen the local units in order to effectively implement the federal system.

MUGU, Feb 10: Almost two years since the formation of the local governments, still a large number of local units in Mugu are operating from rented buildings.

MUGU, Feb 9: Almost two years since the formation of the local governments, still a large number of local units in Mugu are operating from rented buildings.

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: Commercial banks are yet to open their branch offices in over five dozen local units. According to the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), commercial banks have reached 689 local units as of Wednesday.

SIRAHA, Dec 17: Contractor and representatives of local units have colluded to illegally extract river products from Kamala River that originates in Chure hills.

KATHMANDU, Dec 4: The federal government has sought proposals from local level governments for special and complementary grants within mid-December.

SIRAHA, Nov 19: After the election of local representatives, nature conservationists in Siraha were hopeful that the unabated extraction of natural resources in Chure range would finally come to an end.

Corruption rife at local units

November 18, 2018 04:00 am

NEPALGUNJ, Nov 18: While it was believed that corruption mostly thrived in the education sector, the scenario has largely changed under the country's new federal structure. Now, local units are said to be the most corruption-prone offices.