Kathmandu, May 25
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari today presented the government’s annual policy and programmes for the fiscal year 2017-18.
While presenting the document in the Parliament, President Bhandari said the new policy and programmes were based on the current fiscal year’s policy and programmes, as they had to be introduced in the run-up to the second phase of local level elections considering the constitutional obligation of unveiling the new budget on May 29.
Much of the document is a continuation of policy and programmes of the current fiscal, except that it has provisioned strengthening the newly created local levels and provinces. It also pledges to provide adequate financial, human and technical resources and arrange security and administration staffers to enhance their capabilities.
While reading out the policy and programmes, President Bhandari said the government was committed to conducting the second phase of local polls on June 14 and reiterated its commitment to hold provincial and parliamentary elections before January 21.
Opposition lawmakers, including the ones from the main opposition party, CPN-UML, obstructed the House session after President Bhandari unveiled the policy and programmes.
The House was then adjourned until 1:00 pm tomorrow.
The opposition parties have been obstructing the House to protest against the government’s recent decision to increase the number of local levels in Tarai districts.
In a nutshell
The government plans to:
A version of this article appears in print on May 26, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.