Himalayan News Service
KATHMANDU: Experts said here today that Nepal might not be able to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 due to a number of factors, including the political crisis.
Speaking at an interaction to mark the progress Nepal has made on the MDG front, Prof Pushkar Bajracharya, a National Planning Commission member, said the government had not made serious efforts to meet the MDGs.
Bajracharya informed that 7 million Nepalis, which comprise 25.4 percent of the country’s population, were still below the poverty line.
Presenting his paper, Netra Timilsina noted that there is a yawning gap between the rich and the poor.
“A total of 3.4 million people go to bed hungry each night. Human rights violations are on the rise. Given the situation, the government should make serious efforts to achieve the MDGs,” Timalsina said.