Added At: 2012-04-16 11:45 PM
Last Updated At: 2012-04-17 11:45 PM
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
LALITPUR: Government’s grand plan to declare 75 model village development committees, one each in all the districts of the country, within the current fiscal year went in vain due to its own apathy.
The Ministry of Local Development (MoLD) officials have confirmed that it is unlikely to translate the model VDCs into reality at least within the current fiscal year.
There are about 3,915 VDCs in the 75 districts of the country. Nine months ago, the government planned to declare a model VDC in each of all 75 districts. “The ministry prepared a directive to manage the model VDCs and ease selection process for the proposed model VDCs,” said Dal Bikram Kandel, officer at the MoLD. “The National Planning Commission (NPC) has given positive nod to the preliminary draft prepared by MoLD.”
The MoLD then forwarded the final draft to different concerned ministries and bodies including the Ministry of Finance and the NPC for approval. “However, none of the government bodies has responded to the directive.”
Only after getting the approval from the ministries, the draft would be forwarded to the cabinet for final approval. “The selection process could not take place in the current fiscal year after the Ministry of Finance did not allocate budget for the programme,” Kandel said.
The MoLD has already written to the Ministry of Finance to release the budget for the model VDCs but in vain. The fiscal budget planned to provide an additional Rs 2 million to each of the model VDCs in the current fiscal year.
Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya, spokesperson for the MoLD, however, said that model VDCs would be declared in the coming fiscal year. “The preparation to declare the model VDCs in the next fiscal year is undergoing,” he said, adding, “We are collecting the responses from different ministries.”
The District Development Committees will select three VDCs of each district and submit to the ministry, which then would select one VDC from each district.
Each of the proposed model VDCs are to be linked with road to district headquarters, or one hour transportation distance or three hour walking distance from the road services.
According to the MoLD, the directive contains all criteria and rules to manage the model VDCs. The model VDCs would be facilitated with all the development infrastructures – roads, electricity, drinking water, sanitation, education, health services, well governance system and efficient service delivery so that they can be replicated to other VDCs too in the coming years.
The model VDC would also get regular budget of at least Rs 1.5 million to
Rs 3 million every year.