Lalitpur, November 18
Minister of Federal Affairs and General Administration Lalbabu Pandit said the government was working on a plan to establish Local Development Training Academy in every province.
While inaugurating the second international conference on ‘Capacity Development of Local Levels for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals’ here today, Minister Pandit said the purpose of such academy was for capacity enhancement of local level employees and the people’s representatives. The programme was organised by Local Development Training Academy, Lalitpur.
Admitting that some issues still existed at local levels, he said the government was working to resolve them. “Presently, the local bodies have failed to perform as per the expectation of people. We have given them required laws,” he said, adding that the government was committed to allowing local levels to exercise their rights granted by the constitution to make them more responsible and accountable for people.
“Preparations are on to further clarify role and shared rights of local bodies,” said Minister Pandit. Academy’s Executive Director Pit Kumar Shrestha spoke of the need of inter-relation among the federal, provincial and local levels to facilitate the implementation of federalism in the country.
Programmes aimed at promoting such ties were being operated in provinces 1, 2, 5, Gandaki Province and Sudurpaschim Province. The programme has brought together participants from Japan, India and Kathmandu valley.
A version of this article appears in print on November 19, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.