NDC meeting concludes

Kathmandu, June 25:

The two-day long Nepal Development Council (NDC) meeting hosted by National Planning Commission (NPC) concluded in the capital today.

“The suggestions will be incorporated in the three-year Interim Plan that will come into effect from the next fiscal year,” said Dr Jagdish Chandra Pokharel, vice-chairman of the NPC on the occasion thanking everybody for their active participation and creative suggestions.

The major goals of the Interim Plan is to institutionalise the achievements of people’s movement 2006 and to prepare a basis for economic-social transformation for building a prosperous, modern and just Nepal. The plan provides a basis for the transition until the formation of the new full-fledged plan.

CPN-Maoists have also submitted a written suggestion to be included in the Interim Plan.

Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat on the occasion suggested to form a common agenda — like in politics — for development.

Yesterday inaugurating the meeting Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has stressed on the need of regional balance in development plans. The Interim Plan has emphasised on reconstruction of physical infrastructure, rehabilitation, social integration, economic revitalisation, inclusive development, and socio-economic transformation.

The plan, which will come into force from the coming fiscal year, aims to spend

Rs 587.7 billion on development activities to achieve an average 5.5 per cent economic growth and lower the incidence of poverty by seven percentage points to 24 per cent.