Peoples' aspiration for development on rise: PM Oli

 Kathmandu, Jan 18: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the expectations of the people to accelerate development projects were on rise with the political stability. 

Taking questions from MPs in the question-answer session that has started for the first time in line with the provision of the Parliament Regulations in the meeting of the House of Representatives today, PM Oli said that such expectations were normal as people felt change with the establishment of republic democratic system in the country.

He also opined that one and all should be serious on developmental agendas with a high priority.

Lawmaker Krishna Bhakta Pokharel had put the question to the PM on the progress of construction of East-West Railway and connecting Nepal-China through railway. He also had raised the question on upcoming visit of the PM to Switzerland.

Responding these queries of Pokharel, PM said that Nepal was in connection through various channels despite having landlocked and operating ship was in progress with India. He said resources were under search to construct east-west high way.

Indicating to his upcoming visit to Switzerland to begin from January 22 to 25, PM said it will be helpful to draw the attention of the world community to Nepal. The international community will remember Nepal as developed and prosperous Nepal in near future as foundation for the same was preparing by the government. The visit would be centred on economic agendas but other sideline meeting would be held in Davos of Switzerland, PM said.

Similarly, on the question of lawmaker Atharkamal Musalman on how good governance could be achieved through the policy of directly running the projects of over 50 billion without open tender, PM answered no such decision was taken so far.

Similarly responding the query of lawmaker Pradeep Yadav on when the constitution will be amended, the PM said constitution would be amended on need and relevance as it was not a fashion. Prime Minister Oli also stressed on developing various irrigational projects to increase the product.

Prime Minister Oli also spoke about the need of ending a situation which evaluates an agitation of a particular person is paramount and in which the constitution, rule of law and the national necessity failed to function. 

In his replies to questions by Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Kumar Thapa in regard with the government-Dr Govinda KC agreements to reform the medical education sector in a meeting of the House of Representatives today, the prime minister said he was fully dedicated to the parliament’s supremacy and the parliamentary rule of law.

“The government is committed to agreements reached with Dr Govinda KC, it respects the parliament’s supremacy and the government can’t order the parliament.”

He went on to say, “Dr KC’s agitation is related to the parliament and parliamentary supremacy, the parliament holds the right to formulate, change and revise any law . It is place for exercising people’s sovereignty and the government does not exploit the parliamentary supremacy.”

A member of the House of Representatives raises a question during  Question and Answer with the Prime Minister at the HoR, Jan 18, 2019.

“The agreement is not the final truth as it was made to address the contemporary situation, but the government is committed to the agreement,” the prime minister further added.

According to him, everyone shall abide by the defined limitations and rule of law and we all are within the system of the law and constitution. None is expected to consider oneself ‘supreme’ going beyond the system and process.

The prime minister in his response to queries from Prabhu Shah, the Nepal Communist Party ( NCP)’s lawmaker, he said the government would work with priority in regard with addressing the needs of those affected by natural disasters such as landslides and floods. “The government is for serving the people and nation and it will take every problems of the citizen as its own and address them,” he said, underlining the need of children, pregnant and new mothers and vulnerable communities while providing relief to the affected of natural disasters and building houses for them.

Similarly, replying the query by Dilendra Prasad Badu of Nepali Congress, he said the government had seriously taken the media report that some Nepali citizen has their savings in the Swiss Bank matter as the matter was related with the corruption and then the violation of law, adding that the government would investigate into it.

Giving his reply to a question by NCP’s Rekha Sharma, the prime minister said the government was working actively and with much awareness to conclude the remaining works related to the peace process which formally ended the long conflict in the country. Some major works such as the management of arms and combatants had been already completed and common programmes aim to reduce and heal the pains and suffering of war had been in progress. The establishment of peace had replaced the conflict.

Efforts will be made to address the unhealed wounds of the conflict. Discussions are underway with the stakeholders concerned to a find a better way either by bringing a new law regarding the Truth and Reconciliation issue and the disappeared persons or finding another alternative way to address the pains and sufferings left by the war. He assured of provisions in bringing guilty in the heinous crimes against humanity to book.

Lawmaker Chanda Chaudhary had put a question to PM that when the Girish Chandra Lal commission prepared loss report occurred in Tarai-Madhes protest would be released. Responding the question, PM Oli said the report will be released in time.

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