Action plan gathering dust

KATHMANDU: Immediately after assuming office, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal had directed secretaries of all the 24 ministries to prepare a plan of action to be implemented within the first 100 days of the UML-led government. Sixty days have elapsed, but the cabinet is yet to introduce the plan.

It is learnt that almost all the secretaries have submitted the draft of the plan of their respective ministries. However, the documents are gathering dust at the Prime Minister’s Office. “The documents are awaiting the Prime Minister’s approval,” said PM’s political advisor Raghuji Panta. He added that the PM had not been able to put a final seal on the documents owing to his busy schedule and foreign trips recently. “It could take another 2-3 days for the plans to be approved,” said Pant.

It is customary for a government to introduce immediate relief packages for the people in the first 100 days of formation. It, however, remains to be seen if the UML-led government would succeed in providing a sense of relief in the remaining 40 days of its honey-moon period.

“We are not responsible for the delay as we have already submitted the draft of the relief programmes and are awaiting PM’s decision,”said a senior official at the PM’s office. The PM had instructed the secretaries to chalk out plans and programmes to give a sense of immediate relief to the people.