Parliament begins deliberations

KATHMANDU: The meeting of the Legislature-Parliament on Tuesday  has started deliberations on various topics under the Appropriation Bill-2017.

Acting on a proposal tabled by Finance Minister Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, deliberations started on an array of subjects relating to various ministries like Urban Developmen; Home; Labour and Employment; Finance; Education; and Law and Justice and Parliament Affairs.

Expressing his discontent with budget set apart every year for People's Housing Programme, a project aimed to build houses for impoverished Dalit community, Nepali Congress's lawmaker Sakaldev Sutihar at the meeting drew the attention of the government to increase budget to this effect.

Likewise, CPN-UML's Ganga Lal Tuladhar voiced concern over budget cut in education sector for the next fiscal year, stating that only 10 percent of total budget has been allocated to education sector against the international standard of apportioning 20 percent of total budget to this sector.

CPN Maoist Center's Hitraj Pandey called for an end to the tradition of failing to spend budget in time. He also deplored the delay in reconstructing school buildings damaged by the earthquake of April, 2015.

Similarly, Rastriya Prajatantra Party's Kanta Bhattarai pitched for prioritising spiritual education.

CPN-ML's Shiva Chandra Chaudhary demanded an effective monitoring of educational institutions to end politics in education while Nepal Workers Peasants Party's Dilli Prasad Kafle called for allocating budget to create job opportunities for youths at home.