Lawmakers object to budget favouring ministers' constituencies

Kathmandu, July 3: National Assembly lawmakers have said the country could not be developed in a balanced way when the budget is only centred on the government ministers' election constituency.

The lawmakers were speaking during discussions on the appropriation headings of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Home Affairs contained in the Appropriation Bill-2076, in the meeting of the National Assembly today.

Lawmaker Mahesh Kumar Mahara said although it is mentioned in the government policy that the offspring of the martyrs would be provided with scholarships, it was not implemented.

Ram Chandra Rai called for giving priority to ground water irrigation projects while Mukta Kumari Yadav criticized the Prime Minister Self-employment Programme as being more publicity-oriented than practical. She objected to what she called the allocation of budget focusing only on the development of the election constituencies of ministers.

Sher Bahadur Kunwar said the government's plan of constructing tunnel highway will support in the country's economic development while Ramesh Prasad Yadav commented that the 'Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali' campaign was limited only to slogan and the ministers pushing for allocation of more budget to their election constituencies will not help in the balanced development of the country.

Naina Kala Ojha called attention of the government for providing employment to the youths while Hari Charan Shivakoti said the budget should have been targeted to all the oppressed communities, dalits and women and that was not the case. He demanded a raise in the salary of teachers working in Early Childhood Development centres.

Proposal to cut ministry's expenditure

In the meeting, lawmaker Prakash Pantha proposed a cut on the expenditure amount related to the topic of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security under the Appropriation Bill to Rs 100.

Presenting the expenditure reduction proposal in the meeting, he said many youths are facing problem due to the unsafe foreign employment and the Ministry of Labour should pay attention to address this issue. He accused the government of lacking a clear-cut policy to contain the growing malaise of corruption in the country.

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