Lawmakers airing views on govt’s policies and programmes

KATHMANDU: Discussions on government's policies and programmes for the new fiscal year 2072/73 are underway. Over 110 lawmakers so far have participated in the discussions.

Taking part in today’s meeting of the Legislature-Parliament, Nepali Congress lawmaker Shankar Bhandari urged the government not to cut off the budget of the national pride projects.

Similarly, CPN-UML lawmaker Bishnu Prasad Paudel, supporting the policies and programmes, pointed out the need of implementing land use policy after completing reconstruction and new construction projects.

He further commented that the policies and programmes failed to address the problem of poor and marginalised people, there was no sign of implementing mega developmental projects and it was silent about the Ministry of Defense.

Likewise, UCPN-Maoist lawmaker Agni Prasad Sapkota commented that the policies and programmes failed to address the abnormal and serious post disaster aftermath resolution.

He pointed out the need of amending the policies and programmes as it was traditional, functional and based on status quo.

He said that the policies and programmes of the government failed to offer any excitement.

Similarly, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal lawmaker Dilnath Giri also commented the policies and programmes as traditional and functional.

Nepal Workers and Peasants Party lawmaker Prem Suwal commented that the policies and programmes were not new and it should prioritise the reconstruction and agricultural projects.

Speaking at the beginning of the meeting, NC lawmaker Devkaran Prasad Kalwar informed the house that the farmers of the Nawalparasi dsitrict were facing huge damage as the flood occurred in Gandak Canal was eroding the farming lands.

He added that they were not getting compensation from Indian side as per the agreement.

Similarly, UML lawmaker Ram Prasad Bhattarai said that the sugarcane farmers were not getting payments from sugarcane mills for a long time. The house meeting is underway.

The discussion session would be completed today itself then Prime Minister would answer the query of the lawmakers.