KATHMANDU: Vice-chairman of the National Planning Commission Dipendra Chhetri on Thursday has said the government is preparing to bring a budget of Rs 439 billion amidst negative criticism by the finance experts.
Speaking at an interaction organised by the Reporters Club in the Capital today, Vice-chairman Chhetri said the government is all set to bring the full-fledged budget of Rs 439 billion including Rs 10 billion for election expenses and Rs 3 billion for the ex-fighters opting for rehabilitation package.
He went on to say that the budget will include employment programmes for at least 100 days for the unemployed people and setting up price-subsidized shops in different parts of the country to ease the financial woes of the poor people.
Speaking on the occasion first governor Himalayan Shumsher Rana urged all the stakeholders not to drag the President into controversy over the issue of budget, emphasizing on the full budget.
Also expressing his views on the occasion, finance expert Chiranjibi Nepal held that the full budget will only rub salt on the wounds of the people instead of providing them relief. He reasoned that the comprehensive budget will only give rise to inflation, thereby adding financial woes to the people.
He, however, stressed on the need to forge consensus prior to bringing the full-fledged budget.
Finance expert Dr Dilli Khanal said the country will plunge into conflicts in case the President intervenes in the government’s move to bring the full-fledged budget, adding “The President on no grounds can stop the budget.”