Lawmakers are divided over the government’s policies and programmes for the fiscal year 2077/78. At a meeting of the House of Representatives on Sunday, lawmakers from the ruling Nepal Communist Party defended the policies and programmes while oppositions criticised them.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday presented the government’s policies and programmes in the joint meeting of the federal parliament. Lawmakers from the NCP praised policies and programmes, saying that they brought important programmes to resolve crisis caused by COVID-19 outbreak and programmes that would provide relief to workers, business community and low income community.
However, lawmakers of the opposition parties criticised the policies as traditional and reduced to only slogans at a time when serious crisis has taken place due to the infection.
Socialist Party Nepal’s Upendra Yadav disapproved the policies for not bringing concrete programmes to address human, economic and political crisis caused by the virus. There is lack of isolation wards, quarantine areas and medical appliances which the policies failed to incorporate. The government is short of preparedness to bring back those Nepalis stranded in foreign countries due to the infection, he said.
Nepali Congress’s Pradip Giri also criticised the policies for their failure to bring concrete programmes to address human crisis caused by the infection.
Likewise, Rastriya Janata Party Nepal’s Rajendra Mahato condemned the policies as traditional.
Expressing gratitude towards the government for mentioning to issue map along with the encroached land in its policy and programme, lawmaker Jip Tshering Lama shared the policy and programme however has not brought any conerete programme for the victims people of coronavirus and affected entrepenuers.
Similarly, lawmaker Bidya Bhattarai said mentioning the matter of constructing and completing Pokhara and Lumbini airports determining the deadline in the policy and programmes is positive. Additonal programme targeting youth and women shoud be brought, she suggested.
Likewise, Bharat Kumar Sah opined that people are dissatisfied with policy and programmes as the government has not included the schemes to uplift the country while Gauri Shankar Chaudhary said the policy and programme was satisfactory overall.
Also speaking on the occasion were Anil Kumar Jha, Mukunda Neupane, Mohan Acharya, Narayan Prasad Marasini, Dr Narayan Khadka, Ganga Chaushary Satgauwa, Minakshi Jha, Kedar Sigdel, Gopal Bahadur Bam, amd Bimala BK.
Earlier to this, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, Ishwor Pokhrel, on the behalf of the Prime Minister presented the proposal o begin discussion on government’s policy and programmes.
The next meeting of HoR has been scheduled for May 18.
Source: National News Agency