PM assures lawmakers of including their concerns in budget as House endorses policies, programmes

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala assured lawmakers that the government will prioritise agendas that they raised during discussions on the government's policies and programmes for the next fiscal year.

Responding to the queries various lawmakers raised during the discussions at the Parliament, the Prime Minister said, "Some of the issues that honourable lawmakers have raised will be included in the budget announcement to the extent the resources permit."

"We have many needs," the leader added, "But in the aftermath of the disaster, we have limited resources."

Hence, the budget will focus on effective and prioritised utilisation of available resources, according to the Prime Minister.

Koirala also asked lawmakers to withdraw their amendment proposals to the policies and programmes as he already expressed a commitment to include their views. Total seven amendment proposals were registered during the discussion.

Though the lawmakers did not withdraw the proposals, the House session rejected them through voice voting before endorsing the policies and programmes.

Meanwhile, the policies and programmes got the House endorsement through a majority voting.

Earlier this afternoon, the House had concluded its deliberations over the document that President Ram Baran Yadav had presented on Wednesday.

After the conclusion, in the second session today, Speaker Subas Chandra Nembang had urged the PM to answer lawmakers' concerns.

The House had conducted deliberations on Friday and Saturday.

After the endorsement, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat will present the annual budget on Tuesday.