Pre-budget discussions begin

KATHMANDU: Legislature Parliament today began the pre-budget discussion after Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat tabled a proposal at the House for discussion on the principles and priorities of the fiscal budget 2015/016.

Accomplishing the task of constitution drafting and the remaining task of the peace process, enhancing good governance, rebuilding the nation in the aftermath of the April-25 earthquake, rehabilitating earthquake victims and holding elections of local bodies will be the major priorities of the fiscal budget, said Mahat while addressing the House meeting.

Taking part in discussions, Unified CPN-Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai suggested that the Finance Minister bring a concrete plan for rebuilding the nation and bring a plan for utilising the unemployed and semi-employed youths in the rebuilding task. He also suggested that the salary of government civil servants be increased to minimum Rs 25,000 for the junior-most employee and Rs 1 lakh for the senior-most government employee to control corruption.

Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Paudel suggested bringing the budget so that it could bring agricultural movement and uplift the people’s quality of life.

Former Finance Minister and CPN-UML leader Bharat Mohan Adhikari suggested that the government bring the budget with a vision to rebuild the nation and utilise resources.

NC lawmaker Dhana Raj Gurung suggested that budget be allocated for using the country’s natural resources to the greatest extent possible.

The pre-budget discussion will continue tomorrow at 3:00pm.