KATHMANDU: Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission (NPC) Dr Rabindra Kumar Shakya has said that the aspects of social development carried out in Nepal have achieved the target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Speaking at a program in the Capital on Saturday, Shakya claimed that 83 per cent people, against the target of 73 per cent, in the country have access to pure drinking water. He said that in the sector of sanitation also nine percent more than the target has been achieved. He said 62 per cent people have the access to sanitation adding that the country could leap forward in development provided that political stability was maintained.
He said Rs 1600 billion would be spent in the approach paper on 13th plan and maximum investment would be made in the basic needs of the people.
Meanwhile, a senior official of the National Planning Commission informed that the government is spending an average of Rs 3,076 per person in development activities this fiscal year, down from Rs 3,772 in the fiscal year 2012-13 which ended on July 15.
“Per capita development expenditure fell this year as more budget was allocated for big-ticket central level projects, which are not taken into account while calculating development spending on every citizen,” said joint secretary of National Planning Commission Gopi Nath Mainali, further explaining that per capita development expenditure is derived using budget allocated for district-level projects.
Of the development expenses allocated for various districts this fiscal, per capita development expenditure is highest in Manang at Rs 38,140, while it is the lowest in Bara at Rs 1,718. Last fiscal, per capita development expenditure in Manang and Bara stood at Rs 43,790 and Rs 2,253, respectively.
Although the government allocates huge budget for development activities every year, it fails to meet its development targets due to the inability to spend the money on time. “But since we have approved the budget for district level projects on time this year, we hope various ministries will start implementing them immediately and make use of the funds allocated for them,” Mainali added.
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