People feeling govt’s presence: PM

Kathmandu, May 28

The government today unveiled its 100-day report card, with Prime Minister Oli claiming that the government’s initiatives taken during the period gave the people a feeling of the presence of government.

Sharing his ‘experiences’ in the office in the past 100 days, Oli said in a video message that the government took a number of initiatives such as dismantling the syndicate system in transportation and launching action against smuggling of all kinds, including gold. “Action against gold smuggling is just the beginning,” he said.

Other major initiatives highlighted by the government include action against contractors just occupying big infrastructure projects but not making any progress, and crackdown on those illegally charging unnecessary fees from those travelling abroad for foreign employment.

Stating that the railway was Nepal’s national dream, the prime minister said the Chinese side had agreed to conduct preliminary feasibility study of the proposed Kerung-Kathmandu-Pokhara- Lumbini railway, and complete the study by August-September. Besides, the Indian side too had agreed to complete all the studies for the Kathmandu-Birgunj railway within a year.

The PM also claimed that the government had succeeded in making Nepal-India relations cordial, following his India visit and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Nepal visit over the past months. “Finally, we have become neighbours in the true sense,” said Oli, underscoring the foundation stone laying of Arun-III Hydropower Project, operationalisation of Birgunj-based Integrated Check Post, and closure of Biratnagar-based temporary office of the Indian Embassy as achievements.

The report card has also highlighted other achievements on the foreign affairs front, such as signing of infrastructure deals with India, Nepal visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, China visit of Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, and Nepal’s participation in multilateral forums.

As far as the economy is concerned, Oli said the government issued two important directives to control expensive foreign trips and adopt prudence in public spending, which would save millions of rupees of the government’s money. “The policy guideline related to adopting prudence and maintaining effectiveness in public expenses, will help save Rs 15 billion in one year,” he said.

Another major work of the government, according to the report card, was slashing the number of holidays which added around 250 additional work hours. “This decision will have a positive effect on development work,” said Oli.

Stating that the country had become load-shedding free, Oli said the government was able to keep Tribhuvan International Airport operational 21 hours daily, and bring other shut airports back into operation.

Oli said the campaign to boost school enrolment also received wide support.

The government also recently announced its policies and programmes, which Oli said was aimed at realising the common dreams of the people and the leadership. “The government is committed to achieving the goal of doubling the per capita income in the next five years,” he said, expressing commitment that the government would move ahead at full speed from the first day of the new fiscal.

“Over the past 100 days, we have spent time every day on discussion on strengthening federalism. Ministries, departments and divisions have been reorganised, and issues related to jurisdiction and civil servants management have been resolved,” he said.