Govt. unveils policies and programmes

Kathmandu, May 21:  The government introduced the Policies and Programmes for the fiscal year 2018/19 on Monday targeting to achieve economic growth close to double digits.

Unveiling the policy and programmes in the joint meeting of parliament held today President Bidya Devi Bhandari said that the upcoming year would be the base year to set history of economic prosperity.

"Nepal’s economy will be developed as a high-growth, balanced and robust economy. Structure of the economy will be transformed to make it more productive, employment promoting, self-reliant and export oriented," Bhandari said.

The policy and programmehas set the goal of doubling the per capital income of the people in next five years and graduating country to the status of middle income country within coming 10 years.

The government has recognised agriculture, energy, industry, transportation, physical infrastructure, information technology, tourism and urban development as the sector for economic growth.

To achieve the goal of high economic growth, the policies and programmes have focused on concentrating the major investments from the government, private and cooperatives sector in these priority sectors.

The government has proposed to formulate national strategy to increase the productivity of each sector and transform the current import and remittance based economy into production based economy through the policy and programmes.

To make public expenditure result oriented the budgets will not be allocated to programmes and projects that do not clearly ensure achievements of results and those with incomplete preparation, she said.

It has targeted to double agriculture products within next five years by increasing agriculture productivity through modernisation and commercialisation of the sector.

Land use policy and laws will be revised with a view to enhance productivity of land. Entire land will be utilized depending on its nature, structure and potentials.

Necessary policies will be adopted to increase the export of high value agriculture-products and to be self-reliant on major agriculture-products, livestock, poultry and fisheries, she said.

Production of high value crops having export potentialities will be encouraged. Product diversification and value chain will be expanded to make multiple uses of agro-products.

Per capita energy consumption will be raised from 110 to 1500 kilowatt hour within ten years where as 5,000 megawatts and 15,000 megawatts of electricity will be generated within five years, and ten years respectively.

The policies and programmes have focus on making country self-reliant in sugar and necessary medicines while developing cement industries as export oriented industries.

Arrangements will be made to deliver Government services to the general public digitally. “Citizen’s Rights Mobile Apps” will be introduced to provide easy information on Government services and enable the people to register their complaints and suggestions directly to concerned institutions and officials.

All citizens will be provided with national identity card containing bio-metric information and unique ID number.

Janata Abash Program will also be extended to hilly regions aiming at relocating and resettling scattered settlements of remote, far off and difficult geography where the settlements are development unfriendly and service delivery is difficult and unsecured.

The Government will enforce the policy of equal pay for equal job. Labor Law will be effectively implemented to make job decent and dignified. Necessary arrangements will be made for effective implementation of occupational safety inspection and labor inspection as a part of labour audit.

Quasijudcial tribunal will be established to resolve labour grievances and disputes instantly.

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