Foresight wanting

It is hard to believe that any budget that leaves so many issues unaddressed as the one recently presented in the House by Finance Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai does could do any good for the growth and development of the country, “Bhattarai pledges on paper to amend budget” (THT, Sept 28).

Why is it that a comprehensive budget cannot be presented at the first go by considering the rights and demands of all sectors of the society? Why waste so much time and money on

revisions?

Such a budget is a clear indication of the dearth of homework on the part of policymakers.

Appropriation of huge sums for certain political outfits at the cost of development programmes

for common people has been a lasting hallmark of every Nepali budget so far. This budget is no exception.

As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. In Nepal’s context, the changes seem to be superficial because most deep flaws and cracks remain.

It seems as if our top political leaders have learned nothing from their past mistakes, and they keep repeating the same errors. At the end of the day, it is not they who suffer, but the common people.

Suman Dahal, Ghattekulo

Real change

Everyone is hoping that there is some real change happening on the ground rather than mere political rhetoric. But clearly, the major political actors are still fighting for their own narrow interests instead of working to improve the daily lives of common people.

Constituent Assembly polls are over, the country is now a federal republic, and there are plenty of new faces in the government, but no progress has been made yet on drafting a new

constitution.

Only a few days ago, All Nepal National Free Students Union elected as their president a female candidate, Ram Kumari Jhakri. This shows that people are ready for change. This is a good sign for the country that the people seem ready for further important changes, after all that has been achieved so far.

Ashish Sharma, via e-mail

Bus stops

Around a quarter of century ago, there used to be proper bus stops in the capital. But now, everybody is parking wherever he likes. What are the traffic police doing about it? The chaotic traffic in the Kathmandu Valley and its adjacent areas cannot be managed without

designating bus stops at right intervals.

It is not only the vehicle operators but also the commuters who should realise that there are rules and regulations for stopping and parking vehicles. I hope the concerned bodies look into this problem and enforce road rules strictly.

Prithvi Gyawali, via e-mail

Stop killing

This is with regard to the news report “Animal lovers’ request” (THT, Sept 28). I totally support the campaign to end the sacrificing of animals in the name of gods.

I am a vegetarian and refrain from using leather goods as I believe the life of each and every

creature is sacred. Animal sacrifice is an orthodoxy that has to be done away in New Nepal.

Sarswati R Shakya, via e-mail