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Lawmakers recommend effective implementation of new budget


KATHMANDU: The parliamentarians, both from the ruling parties and major opposition, have pressed for effective implementation of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2019/20.

At today’s meeting of the House of Representatives focused on the new budget, they presented their respective views.

The lawmakers from the ruling party Nepal Communist Party (NCP) said that raise on the senior citizen’s allowance, budget for physical infrastructures and budget for social sector were positive points, while parliamentarians from the major opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) viewed that the ruling parties could not be able to implement the new budget.

They also argued that the budget aimed to appease one and all but it could not ensure prosperity with socio-economic transformation.

The government had unveiled Rs1.53 trillion budget for fiscal year 2019/20 in the joint meeting of House of Representatives and National Assembly of the federal parliament on May 29.

Minister for Finance Dr Yubaraj Khatiwada, in the beginning of the meeting, clarified that although the government aimed 7 per cent economic growth in the current fiscal year, it could not achieve more than it. According to him, the new budget had raised budget for the development of physical infrastructures, thereby prioritizing energy, agriculture, tourism and industry among others.

Minister Khatiwada said the new budget had identified the priority sectors for development and economic growth. He reaffirmed that both internal resources and external sources would be mobilized to make government’s plans, programmes and the budget effective.

NCP parliamentarian Yogesh Bhattarai said the new budget should be enforced effectively as it had prioritized social security, development of physical infrastructures such as completion of under-construction international airports, raise in production among others. He viewed that the new budget was introduced to address the issues emanating from inadequate capital expenditure.

Similarly, NC parliamentarian Dr Minendra Rijal underscored to devise a mechanism that would increase the capital expenditure in all seven provinces. Stating that the new budget was distribution-oriented, he doubted that the new budget, which is very ambitious, would be effectively enforced.

Expressing his concern over the budget allocated to the national pride projects not spent adequately, he lamented over the increasing debt.

Likewise, Rastriya Janata Party parliamentarian Mahantha Thakur drew the attention of the government towards the drying up of Rani Pokhari water and called for conservation of the pond.

Moreover, Socialist Party Nepal’s parliamentarian Pradeep Yadav blamed that the new budget had discriminated State 2. He pointed out the need for the timely completion of Nijgadh International Airport in Bara.

NCP parliamentarian Hridesh Tripati commended the new budget for, he said, it had underscored promotion of agriculture, tourism, hydro power and physical infrastructures among others. He suggested the government to form a task force to collect the taxes that were yet to be collected.

NCP parliamentarian Satya Pahadi demanded with the government to upscale the Karnali Academy of Health Sciences and urged the government to pay attention for the economic prosperity of Karnali State.

NC’s Dr Dila Shangraula opined that the new budget was very ambitious and it could not implement federalism. Parliamentarians continue presenting their views on the new budget in the meeting.

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