Nepal | April 23, 2019

‘Procurement act hindering development’

Himalayan News Service

Hetauda, March 15

Province 3 Chief Minister Dormani Poudel today said Public Procurement Act was a hindrance to development and prosperity.

Speaking at an interaction organised by Province Affairs Committee in Hetauda, CM Poudel held that his government could not work as per expectation of people due to the Public Procurement Act.

“It takes nine months to call for a tender in accordance with the act. How can we expedite development work without amending the act?” he asked.

Poudel said they could not override the prevailing law of the land that creates administrative hassles. He expressed hope that the public procurement act would be amended immediately to expedite development work.

Poudel said his government had laid the foundation of development in the province. “When we formed the government, we had nothing — no office, not employees. Thus it is not wise to flay the provincial government,” he added.

Noting that province government had accorded top priority to constructing integrated settlements, Poudel pointed that land acquisition was the biggest challenge.

“We have failed to make necessary progress in this regard mainly due to land issues,” said Poudel.

 


A version of this article appears in print on March 16, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


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