Local govts can transform Karnali

Pictures of poverty, food crisis and remoteness strike into our mind when we talk about the Karnali region and, largely this dark side is depicted in what-so-ever medium.

Although many decades have passed yet the situation and genuine problems remain the same, debatably even aggravated. Despite much said and done in paper its reflection in lives of people of Karnali is insignificant.

Inaccessible by roads, Humla and Dolpa relatively remain in more sorry state. The difficulties and hardships faced by people are really worrisome, thanks to all contributors.

A big question arises who and what is to be blame for long- suffering of the people of Karnali - either it is state hegemony, government palliative interventions and politico-economic negligence or just because of its physiography?

But this is a total unjust done to the Karnali people. Over the years, Karnali needed and expected basic infrastructure like roads, health and education facilities from state but government did virtually nothing compelling them to be in subservient position. Yes, it can easily be anticipated that development in topographically challenging area is not that simple but understandably that’s our right not a privilege.

Recently, restructuring of state into federalism took place and there are claims that considerable power has trickled down. Subsequently, three tier of elections, considered as momentous events, have been completed.

Adhering to the prospect of new constitution vision and provision, the present attempt is to form a powerful local and provincial government. These governments are given full authority to plan and implement its agenda of its choice and needs. If this is to be believed and made a basis, it’s a high time to move Karnali - from underdevelopment to developing, poverty to prosperity and dependent to independent.

Devolution of power became so effective that Karnali can uplift its situation primarily on its own is arguable. But it is speculated that this could provide ample opportunity to make Karnali better.

So, local and provincial elected representatives must not halt and/or delay the small development that people are expecting from decades long that can make a big difference in their lives.

Enough of trivial talks on possibilities of Karnali and circumstances we are bound with. But, now welcome this opportunity to understand and act according to the need of time to capitalize abundantly available resources.