NPC to bring three-year long interim plan

Kathmandu, September 24:

As the 10th five plan nears its end in 2006-07, Dr Jagdish Pokhrel, the newly-appointed vice-chairman of the National Planning Commission (NPC) today informed that NPC is bringing out a three year interim-plan to focus on ‘rehabilitation and reconstruction’.

At the first press meet after the new team in NPC was formed, Dr Pokhrel said that new members in NPC have already been assigned specific tasks to do on-the-spot assessment of various development projects.

Inputs from these on-field contacts and understanding will then be collated for making an interim three-year plan which can be an effective and reliable document for ensuring development and growth across the country.

The document is to be submitted to the Nepal Development Forum (NDF) which is tentatively scheduled for January-end 2007, a donors’ conference targeting at attracting investment, informed vice-chairman Pokhrel.

Pokhrel said that NPC now would focus on the service sector and reconstruction to expedite development activities after a big political change, and the forthcoming three-year interim-plan would be made in line with Tenth Plan\Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper.

However, the proposed three-year interim plan can be termed as a complimentary one for the forthcoming 11th plan, said Dr Pokhrel.

He also said that gradually the three-year plan, once its direction and effectiveness is adjudged, can also be expanded giving a huge flexibility to the 11th plan.

The three-year interim plan was being developed considering the ‘transitional phase’ in the country, members of NPC said. The three-year document would also be a reliable source for donors and open the ways for investment, they said.

Pokhrel said that NPC’s primary focus at this transitional juncture would be reconstruction, re-establishment of the displaced, inclusive development and enhancement of the economy by attracting investors.

He recalled that prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala had directed NPC to make visits at the local level, identify projects and problems, and carry out need assessment for effective execution of development projects. NPC is working in the same line, he informed.

Pokhrel also informed that a delegation of NPC led by its member Bhim Prasad Neupane is going to visit the Karnali zone after the Dashain festival along with other government officials. Officials from ministry of finance, ministry of local development and agriculture ministry are included in the team to review and assess the situation there which will ultimately come out as a document and inserted in the three-year interim plan for implementation.

Similarly, other members of NPC are also going to different regions to take stock of the development activities going on there, he said.

Currently focused projects of NPC are big hydropower projects, employment generating projects, roads, irrigation and community-level initiatives, according to NPC.

Finance minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat has allocated Rs 1.10 billion in the fiscal year 2006-07 budget for reconstruction and rehabilitation.