Progress of development programmes to be assessed

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Local Development (MoLD) is beginning to map the progress of different development programmes that have been implemented to reduce poverty and their impact on poverty-ridden people in the districts.

Despite various programmes and development activities carried out in the districts, the government is yet to map the progress and the impact the activities have had on the poverty index of people across the country.

“Although many social welfare, promotional and poverty reduction programmes and development activities have been carried out in the districts, the progress of impacts is yet to be mapped,” said Dhan Bahadur Shrestha, under-secretary at the Ministry of Local Development (MoLD).

Various programmes such as poverty reduction, health, education, development programmes, awareness and empowerment programmes have been implemented in the country. Although international reports denote that 39 per cent of the total population are reeling under poverty, a recent government report claims that it has been reduced to 25 per cent.

According to the MoLD, the National Planning Commission provisioned monitoring the achievements of the implemented programmes in the Tenth Five-Year Plan, which ended three years ago. “Keeping this fact in mind, we are carrying out monitoring of the overall programmes and status of people in the districts,” Shrestha said.

The MoLD is monitoring the status of people in 15 districts in the current fiscal that ends in mid-July. “We have already assigned teams in two districts — Dang and Banke,” said Ramesh Aryal, officer at the Monitoring Section at the MoLD. The 15 districts are Dang, Jumla, Udayapur, Sunsari, Kavre, Chitwan, Kaski, Nawalparasi, Parsa, Tanahu, Kapilvastu,

Humla, Banke, Kailali and Dadeldhura.