Discussion on budget continues

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, June 13:  Lawmakers in the House of Representatives remained busy discussing the inter-ministerial budget on Wednesday.
Most of the lawmakers from both the ruling and opposition parties expressed their dissatisfaction on the annual estimation for the Ministry of Forest and Environment, Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens and Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development today.
They said the budget was not able to cover enough programmes in these sectors. ‘Most important ministries are not able to get appropriate programmes for the fiscal year 2019/20,’ they said.
Lawmaker Rajendra Gautam from the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) said that the budget did not cover enough programmes for women for their socio-economic transformation. He said same was the case with the Agriculture and Forest Ministry. “Things are not managed to pave the way towards prosperity.”
Another lawmaker Jhapat Rawal of the ruling NCP stood silent during the time allowed him to speak on the issue today to express his dissatisfaction over the allocation.
When the Speaker asked him not to waste time and speak on the issue he said there was nothing to speak. Rawal was dissatisfied with the budget allocated for the Ministry of Urban Development. Lawmakers from the opposition parties smiled and supported him.
Lawmaker Sita Devi Yadav of the main opposition, the Nepali Congress, said that the budget encouraged nobody in the nation. “There is no excitement among people, the presence of lawmakers in this house also proves this,” she said, pointing towards the thin presence of lawmakers in the House. Yadav demanded that anyone aged 65 years should be made eligible to receive the senior citizen allowance in the country.
Uma Shanker Adgariya, lawmaker and whip of Federal Socialist Party Nepal, said that budget was not allocated fairly. He said that very few programmes of agriculture, environment and pollution were for State 2.
The discussion that began from Tuesday will continued for a week and the concerned ministers will furnish their answers to the quarries raised in various meetings of House. 

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