National Assembly members criticise budget

Kathmandu, July 5

Members of the National Assembly today criticised the Appropriation Bill endorsed by the House of Representatives a few days ago.

Nepal Communist Party (NCP) lawmaker KomalOli said she was not happy with the budget allocated for environment, urbanisation, energy and hydropower.

The Nepali Congress lawmaker BadriPandey said the budget was not prepared keeping in view the aspirations of the people. He urged the government to build residential schools in hilly areas so that students did not have to walk long distances to reach school.

“The government has come up with a policy of merging public schools. However, this would add to the difficulties faced by students in the hilly areas. So, the government must build schools with residential facilities for students and teachers in hilly areas,” Pandey said.

Another lawmaker RampritPaswan claimed that the budget was unfairly distributed.

Lawmaker Anita Devkota said people’s expectations of the government had been dashed after the budget was introduced. She said although the government had a majority, it lacked the will to work.