PM Oli presents government's annual report to the President

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli presented the government's annual report for the fiscal year 2019/20 to President Bidya Devi Bhandari today.

The Prime Minister submitted the report in accordance with Article 53 of the Constitution of Nepal and Clause 41 of the Good Governance (Management and Operation) Act, 2064 BS.

The report represents the works carried out by the government and achievements made regarding the directive principles of the state, policies and obligations enshrined in Chapter 4 of the Constitution as well as on the government's other major works.

It is stated in the report that several important works have been carried out by the government this year towards fulfilling the national aspiration of 'Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali' by placing the country's sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence, national unity, national dignity, good governance and prosperity in supreme priority.

The government has argued in the report that a full-fledged democracy tilting towards socialism (with all the basic characteristics of democracy) has been practised, and the principle that people are the source of state power has been established in its true meaning.

It is also stated that fundamental rights of citizens and the laws enacted for ensuring social justice to the citizens have been brought under implementation. "A new political and administrative map of Nepal has been published including Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani areas on the basis of Sugauli Treaty, and historical facts and evidence.

The updated map and Coat-of-Arms have been changed and brought into practice accordingly through the second amendment to the Constitution through a unanimous decision of the federal parliament," the report states.

In the same fiscal year, Nepal measured the height of Mt Everest. A commission was formed to resolve land-related problems and works have been carried forward in that connection.

Likewise, additional 979 kilometres of road has been blacktopped while 757 kilometres have been upgraded to seasonal roads. Similarly, 218 road bridges have been constructed and irrigation facility has been extended in 5,567 hectares land.

Moreover, the report also mentions about population benefitting from drinking water facilities, basic sanitation services, power generation and addition to the national grid, and people's access to electricity.

The airports -- Chandragadhi, Biratnagar, Janakpur, Bharatpur and Dhangadhi -- have been upgraded and repaired. The report states that 87,757 individuals have been employed in 701 local levels under the Prime Minister Employment Programme.

Meanwhile, policies, programmes and budget for fiscal year 2020/21 have incorporated development activities, creation and expansion of employment opportunities, infrastructure development, and efficiency enhancement in health sector that have been determined after estimating preliminary Covid-19 impacts on the country's economy.

Prime Minister Oli also presented the annual report of National Security Council (NSC) in the capacity of NSC chairperson in line with Article 26 (3) of the Constitution of Nepal. Present on the occasion were Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, Minister for Finance Bishnu Prasad Poudel, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.