Pre-budget discussion begins at Parliament

KATHMANDU: Pre-budget discussion for the next fiscal year began at the Parliament meeting on Wednesday.

At the meeting, Minister for Finance Ram Sharan Mahat informed the House about the government's policies and programmes.

Various lawmakers aired their views after Mahat's speech.

After the pre-budget discussion concludes, the government will present its policies and programmes and budget for the next fiscal year 2015/16 at the House.

The budget session had begun on Tuesday.

Lawmakers seek government's view on Lipulek agreement

Meanwhile, speaking at the House meeting, lawmakers demanded that the government immediately present its official views regarding a recent bilateral trade agreement between India and China, which promotes business activities through various border points including Lipulek, a trijunction of India, China and Nepal.

Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa, UCPN-Maoist leader Janardan Sharma, CPN-ML General Secretary CP Mainali and Rastriya Janamorcha Chairman Chitra Bahadur KC, among others, demanded the government's official stand regarding the agreement, which has completely bypassed Nepal.