PM intensifies bid to finalise policies

KATHMANDU: With the resumption of parliamentary business after a hiatus of nearly two months, the government has focused its attention on formulating policies and programmes of the coalition government to present during the budget session of the parliament.

According to Constituent Assembly chairman Subas Nembang, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav will present the government’s policies and programmes in the parliament on Thursday.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal remained busy throughout the day, seeking inputs from coalition partners for the same. Nepal met Deputy PM Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, Nepali Congress vice-president Ram Chandra Paudel, Nepal Janashakti Party chairman Surya Bahadur Thapa and CPN-ML general secretary CP Mainali and sought their inputs.

“The policies and programmes of the government should focus on improving agriculture sector and uplifting farmers. Food crisis is looming large in different parts of the country due to climate change,” Paudel told the PM. He urged the PM to provide relief and subsidies to farmers to boost the agriculture sector.

The NC also urged the PM to revive Ganesh Man Singh Peace Campaign, Garib Sangha Bisheshwor and Youth Self Employment Scheme, which was initiated by the NC when it was leading the government. The NC also asked the PM to focus on sustainable peace and drafting constitution.

However, the UML wants to repeat most of the programmes, which were launched by the party during its nine-month rule nearly 15 years ago. The UML also wants to lay top emphasis on the agriculture sector.

RJP chairman Thapa refused to reveal what his party told Nepal.

DPM Gachhadar asked the PM to boost law and order situation and control the skyrocketting prices of daily commodities. MJF spokesperson Jitendra Dev said the policies and programmes should incorporate previous agreement reached between the government and Madhes-based parties. The MJF also wants the government to provide subsidy to farmers.

The PM also consulted ministers from different parties and government secretaries to seek

their inputs.