House begins debate on Appropriation Bill

KATHMANDU: The Parliament on Monday began deliberations on the Appropriation Bill, 2016.

Speaking at the meeting today, lawmakers of various parties aired their opinions about allocation of annual budget to various ministries.

Earlier, the main opposition Nepali Congress had obstructed the Parliament meeting demanding that the government provide them details of ministry-wise budget allocation before the House begins debate on the Appropriation Bill.

Following the obstruction. Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar had postponed the meeting for half an hour.

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 Nepali Congress obstructs House seeking budget allocation details

KATHMANDU: Lawmakers of the main opposition Nepali Congress on Monday obstructed the Parliament meeting demanding that the government provide them details of ministry-wise budget allocation before the House begins debate on the Appropriation Bill.

Following the protest, Speaker Onsari Gharti announced that the meeting was postponed for half an hour.

Earlier, Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel had tabled a proposal to begin discussions on the Bill.

After Paudel's proposal, NC lawmaker Ramhari Khatiwada told the Speaker that the lawmakers were yet to receive details of the ministry-wise budget allocation. Following Khatiwada, all NC lawmakers stood up from their seats in protest.

Speaker Gharti then allowed the party's Chief Whip Chinkaji Shrestha to express his party's concerns. In his time, Shrestha urged Gharti to postpone the meeting for half to one hour.

The House was scheduled to begin discussions on the Bill today.

Meanwhile, protesting Madhes-centric parties boycotted the meeting today as well.