Left alliance manifesto promises $5,000 per capita income within a decade

Kathmandu, November 1

Appealing for votes, the left alliance said vote for it meant vote for stability, good governance and economic growth. Alliance partners CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre, in their joint election manifesto, have pledged to boost the country’s per capita income to $5,000 within a decade.

The manifesto states that Nepal will graduate to the status of developed country in just five years if the alliance forms the government after parliamentary and provincial elections slated for November 26 and December 7.

“Projects related to economic growth will be pursued with an aim of making Nepal a prosperous country,” it reads.

Under the theme of Peace, Democracy, Sovereignty and Dignity, the manifesto says justice and prosperity figure at the top of the ‘communist plan’. It says communist leadership is necessary to ensure prosperity based on socialism.

The state shall take leadership position in ensuring national independence, universalism, geographical integrity, national security, border defence, harmonious international relations, development of infrastructure of national importance, education, health, drinking water, social security and environmental sectors, according to the manifesto.

“Participation of the private sector in all organs of the national economy shall be encouraged. Investment-friendly environment, labour-friendly relations and security of investment and profit will be ensured. Public-private partnership will also be given utmost priority,” read the manifesto.

The alliance has also pledged to have a ship bearing the national flag on the basis of the rights of landlocked countries. It has also committed to conduct feasibility study for developing waterways in Koshi, Gandaki and Karnali rivers.

The alliance will increase the number of aircraft of Nepal Airlines to boost the tourism sector, and also encourage private-sector air service operators, the manifesto says.

The two parties have pledged to upgrade airports in Biratnagar, Nepalganj, Surkhet and Dhangadi to international standard, and modernide and upgrade domestic airports to make them more secure and to ensure smooth operations.

The alliance has also pledged to expand and upgrade the country’s sole international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport, and build a second international airport in Nijgadh within five years. The manifesto says the upgradation of Bhairahawa airport will be completed in three years, while Pokhara International airport will be completed in two years.

The alliance has envisioned attracting 5 million tourists in the next 10 years and establishing training centres for guides, developing necessary tourism infrastructure and promoting the market. It has also planned to set up a ‘Tourism University’ to develop necessary manpower for tourism development. It will launch monorail and cable car services to various important tourism destinations. It will also develop at least one tourist spot in each local-level unit with local flair.

As per the manifesto, important tourist destinations such as Lumbini, Pashupatinath, Janakpur Dham, Muktinath, and Haleshi will be made more accessible to visitors, and Dharahara, which was destroyed in the 2015 Gorkha earthquakes, will be reconstructed within three years.

It will construct ‘Himalayan touristic highway’ from Taplejung to Darchula.

On the education front, the two left parties have proposed to bring in a new education policy with the aim of developing 70 per cent technical and 30 percent non-technical human resources. They have pledged to invest 20 per cent of the total budget in the education sector.

The alliance has also pledged seven doctors and 60 hospital beds for every 25,000 people. It has committed  free health services to people aged below 15 and over 65. Each rural municipality will have at least one 25-bed hospital and an urban municipality 50-bed hospital.

On revenue sharing, the alliance has pledged to share 50 per cent of the national revenue with local and provincial units for infrastructure development for the next five years.

It has also planned to develop a master plan to construct buildings for provincial government secretariat, province chief’s office, chief minister’s office, provincial assembly, high courts, local administration offices, conference halls, schools, universities, integrated service centres, hospitals, community service centres and security posts. The alliance plans to construct these buildings within two years.