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Federal system not sustainable, says Mahat

Himalayan News Service

Pokhara, October 13

Nepali Congress leader Ram Sharan Mahat today said that the federal system of government might collapse as the country lacked enough resources to sustain it.

Speaking at an interaction organised by Nepali Writers’ Union in Pokhara, Mahat said questions were being raised over the viability of federal system as the local governments were imposing arbitrary taxes on people, while the central government had failed to check price hike.

Mahat said Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada was collecting taxes illegally just to keep the federal system running without caring about people’s problems. “Due to lack of clear tax policy, people are being imposed taxes arbitrarily. This would only increase poverty in the country,” he added.

Mahat flayed the incumbent government and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli for failing to implement the constitution and expedite development activities..

Mahat accused the government of misusing the state coffers in the name of training and workshops and making political appointments.

“The current government is focused on publicity, but the country wants the government to move ahead with far-sighted vision for development and prosperity,” Mahat said.

A version of this article appears in print on October 14, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

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