PM releases rosy picture of govt performance

Kathmandu, August 13

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today released a 74 -page report card painting a rosy picture of the work his government has done in the last five months.

The government came up with its report card at a time when the main opposition Nepali Congress has accused the government of poor performance and totalitarian tilt.

The government termed its decision to end transportation syndicate as its major success.

The government stated that it did a commendable job by taking action against smugglers, removing hurdles in the construction and development sector, controlling unnecessary foreign visits of public post holders, ending misuse of security personnel, arranging adequate security on the highways, standardising immigration management system and locking the system to control misuse of petroleum products.

The government also claimed credit for bettering public expenditures, fixing information system to control procurement irregularities and ensuring transparency in distribution of social security allowance. The government said it had started consular verification within half-an-hour and formulated standards for appointing ambassadors.

The government said in its report card that it had approved the report of Nijgadh International Airport and said it had progressed 52 per cent in the construction of Gautam Buddha Regional International Airport.

The government said it started construction of Pokhara Regional International Airport Project and extended operation hours at Tribhuvan International Airport up to 21 hours daily.

The government listed the purchase of two wide-body aircraft by Nepal Airlines, grant of four entry air routes by India and Nepal-Japan bilateral air service agreement as its successes.

The government said its revenue collection had crossed its target.

It also listed improvement of customs system, increase in development expenditure, expansion of banking service in local levels, initiation of new system such as digital payment in the capital market and central billing system in government offices and salary payments through banking system.

The government said it completed construction of 70 bridges, including on Dhudhkoshi River and at Jayaramghat in Khotang.

It said it had started constructing the Jaynagar-Janakpur (Kurtha) Railway and had completed 80 per cent of Bardibas-Lalbandi Railway (30km). The government said it had expedited construction of Galchhi-Trishuli-Syaprubensi,  Kalanki-Koteshwar Ring Road expansion and   started to build Nagdhunga tunnel road.

The report card said that 90 suspension bridges had been built and 44 suspensions bridges were under construction.

It listed the construction of six-km tunnel at Bheri-Babai diversion project, selected five petroleum products storages in five different places, installed solar system to generate one megawatt power in the Singha Durbar area, connected 28 megawatt electricity in the national grid from the private sector and laid the foundation stone of the 900 megawatt Arun III hydropower project and 25 megawatt solar energy project in Nuwakot as its success.