Dahal terms policies and programmes ‘hollow’


Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the leader of the main opposition party, on Friday criticised the government’s policies and programmes for fiscal year 2015-16, calling it ‘hollow’.

On behalf of the main opposition party, UCPN-M Chief Whip Girirajmani Pokhrel yesterday registered an amendment proposal, expressing dissatisfaction over the government’s policies and programmes.

President Ram Baran Yadav had presented government’s policies and programmes in the Parliament on July 8.

Addressing on Friday’s meeting of the Parliament, Dahal said the government brought the policies and programmes without consulting other political parties. If the government tried to move unilaterally it would lead the country towards serious crisis, warned Dahal.

He said government should have taken up the spirit of unity shown by the opposition parties while devising the policies and programmes.

Dahal added that the policies and programmes lacked priority sectors. The government failed to realise the seriousness of the situation of how the country became successful in handling a grave crisis following the April 25 earthquake, he added. “If government thinks it could use opposition to tackle the crisis, it would lead the country towards a serious accident,” he said. “Lawmakers were sleeping when the President was presenting the policies and programmes, that prove how boring it was,” he said.

Dahal said agriculture revolution was necessary in every village to attract the youth towards the agro sector, to establish industries based on agriculture, to develop agriculture as the basis for the economic prosperity and modernisation and commercialisation of the sector.

Former prime minister Dahal said that the government failed to increase investment in energy and tourism sectors, to give emphasis on social sectors including education and health and to give stress to export by displacing import in its policies.

Endorsing the government’s Policies and Programmes-2015-16, Vice-Chairperson of the CPN-UML Bidhya Devi Bhandari said the government has failed to rise above the tradition and lacked the spirit of unity among the parties. She also criticised the government for failing to define priority sectors.

Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa said government’s policies and programmes failed to create interest among the people because of cases of irregularities in relief distribution.

Thapa claimed that people won’t get any facilities and relief even after the parties introduced republican set up in the country.

On the other hand, Jitendra Dev of Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic said that the government’s policies and programmes was against the concept of social justice and inclusiveness. However lawmakers of ruling NC and UML supported the policies and programmes. Sarbendra Nath Shukla of the Tarai Madhes Democratic Party also opposed the policies and programmes, claiming that it was presented without sufficient homework and failed to include any concrete plan for the reconstruction work in the aftermath of disaster.