Govt says it made key gains in eight months

Kathmandu, April 21

The Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government today issued its report card, saying it made some important gains, including the  restructuring of local levels, and achieved high economic growth and ended power outage.

The government said it accelerated work on hydropower projects, process of distributing grant assistance to those whose houses were destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, process of modernising agriculture sector and upgrading infrastructure.

The government said Kathmandu residents would get drinking water from Melamchi project before Dashain. The government said it made significant gains and improvements in the field of education, environment, science and technology, transport management, health and environment.

The government’s eight months’ report card also claimed that it tried to forge political consensus to take the constitution amendment process to a logical conclusion and to hold all three types of elections for implementation of the constitution. “ This shows that exemplary works can be accomplished if there is will and honesty,” the government said in its report card.

The government’s work have influenced the political process and economic prosperity, the government said and added that its works had shown strong effects in a short span of eight months in terms of development and economic prosperity.

The government said it had succeeded in fully restructuring local bodies. It also said   it had made all preparations and was committed to holding local level elections. The country’s economy is growing at a rate of 6.2 per cent, which is the highest in 24 years, whereas price hike remained the lowest in 12 years, the government said. The government ended load shedding and industrial plants will also be provided regular power supply soon, the government claimed.

The government also claimed that the Kullekhani III hydropower project will be completed within four months and it also expected completion of 35 MW Chameliya project within four months.

The government said it was able to complete construction of the 220 kV Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission project.  “Ambulance and helicopters are being used to rescue and treat people injured in road accidents,” the government said, adding, “The government introduced a number of provisions to ameliorate the plights of foreign job aspirants and introduced the system of online application and insurance. It further said it had made provisions for diplomatic, legal and economic assistance to Nepalis facing trail in foreign countries and those required to deposit blood money in foreign countries.

The government said construction of Postal Road was moving ahead at a rapid rate. It also said that it had prepared a model of Kathmandu satellite mega city keeping in mind the population of and urbanisation in Kathmandu.

In order to bring the peace process to a logical conclusion, two mechanisms — Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission of Enquiry on Enforced Disappeared Persons — have been formed and draft of relevant acts have also been prepared, the government claimed.

The government said it received a foreign investment pledge worth $13.51 billion and it had started its work on establishing at least one agriculture campus in all seven provinces.

The government said it had initiated efforts to establish petroleum storage centres in all seven provinces. “The government has made provisions for providing up to one lakh rupees for those who suffer from 12 serious illnesses, including cancer, Alzheimer’s and head injury,” the government said in its report card.

The government also stated that it would expand health insurance programme all over the country. A global tender was issued to instal Nepal’s own satellite in the atmosphere, the government said and added that it made provisions whereby commercial banks will have to provide two per cent of its loan to very poor people. Dahal was elected the new PM on August 3, 2016.

Achievements claimed 

•    Ending load-shedding

•    Achieving 6.2 per cent economic growth

•    Controlling price hike

•    Speeding up grant distribution to quake victims

•    Expediting construction of hydropower projects

•    Restructing local levels

•    Completing Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission line project

•    Taking steps to resolve migrant workers’ problems

•    Introducing provision of grants for people suffering from serious illnesses

•    Introducing health insurance scheme