Nepal | August 05, 2020

Opposition parties slam budget

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, June 4

Lawmakers representing opposition parties in the House of Representatives today heavily criticised the budget of the next fiscal year, which was recently presented by the government, stating that it would not guide country in the right direction.

Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Thapa said the budget had brought in depression. “There was no way to improve the economy and long-term projects of the country, instead it had engaged in smaller issues,” he said. “I feel it is a pity to see the budget from the eyes of the general people.”

Thapa even said it would be not enough to add social security allowance and local development infrastructure coordination programme. He said the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NPC) did not have clear economic plans.

Commenting on the Rs 60 million pork-barrel allocated by Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada in this budget, Thapa said Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara have selected the projects respectively and the government distributed Rs 60 million each to lawmakers. “What will we build with Rs 60 million, the wall of a temple?” he questioned. “As a lawmaker, I want to be a part of the project costing Rs 6 billion,” he said.

Lawmaker of Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal Rajendra Mahato said the budget was against federalism. “The major speciality of this budget is that it is against federalism,” he said. He also said the budget was indifferent on the Madhes. “The Madhes has more than 50 per cent of the population, but budgetary allocation for it is under 20 per cent,” he added.

 


A version of this article appears in print on June 05, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Former king Juan Carlos decides to leave Spain amid corruption allegations

Prosecutors looking into bribe allegations Pressure had been building on royals to take action Former king remains "at the disposal" of prosecutors The 82-year-old helped guide Spain back to democracy MADRID: Spain's former king Juan Carlos has decided to leave his country, a drama Read More...

Ruling party co-chairs stick to their guns

Oli to remain PM till general election, co-chair till General Convention: NCP leader Gokul Baskota Kathmandu, August 3 Co-chairs of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal and KP Sharma Oli held talks today in an attempt to break the current impasse in the party, but failed to Read More...

Airlines seek permission to resume flights

Airline companies have to resubmit their proposal for slots if flight operations are halted for more than 60 days Kathmandu, August 3 The government's decision to resume domestic and international flights from August 17 has prompted airline companies to start submitting their proposals to the Ci Read More...

Dhading bans sand mining during monsoon

Dhading, August 3 In view of increasing deaths related to river mining, the authority in Dhading decided to impose a complete ban on sand mining from rivers in the district during the monsoon season. There is already a rule that bans mining of river products using heavy equipment during the ra Read More...

File photo of Melamchi Water Supply Project tunnel.

‘Technical error caused Melamchi tunnel accident’

Kathmandu, August 3 A committee formed to investigate Melamchi tunnel incident has concluded that one of the sluice gates on the tunnel of the Melamchi Water Supply Project had broken due to a technical error. A project engineer and a driver had died due to the flood resulting from the breakag Read More...

reproductive health, Minister of State for Health and Population, Padma Kumari Aryal

Work responsibly, Minister Aryal directs employees

Kathmandu, August 3 Minister of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal has directed government employees to work responsibly as the ministry has the responsibility of protecting the property of over 30 million people of the country. She said this at the annual Read More...

PM visits under-construction museum at his private residence

Bhaktapur, August 3 Prime Minister and Co-chair of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) KP Sharma Oli today visited his private residence at Balkot and met with people from different walks of life. This is the third time the prime minister has visited his private residence after being electe Read More...

‘Harsher punishment against acid attackers’

Kathmandu, August 3 Women and Social Welfare Committee of the House of Representatives has directed the home ministry to make some amendments to the legal arrangement and punishment related to incidents of acid attack, pointing out the need of timely revision. After the discussion held on ‘a Read More...