President addresses Parliament, presenting government’s policy and programmes
Kathmandu, July 8: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has been presenting the Government’s Policy and Programme for the coming Fiscal Year 2015/2016 in the Special Meeting of the Legislature-Parliament today, reading out the document.
There is a constitutional provision of the President addressing the Legislature-Parliament and presenting the government’s policy and programmes on the eve of every Fiscal Year.
It is customary for the government to present the statement of the estimated income and expenditure (budget) for the coming fiscal year, taking the policy and programme document as the main basis. This is the second policy and programme brought by the coalition government under the Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s leadership.
Prime Minister Koirala presented the booklet of the government’s policy and programme to the President.
The government’s policy and programme is expected to be a milestone towards taking the remaining works of the peace process to a logical conclusion, along with the constitution-writing task, besides giving a momentum to the country’s economy.
Likewise, it is expected the policy and programme will give high priority to taking the country ahead on the path of economic development, to the reconstruction, recovery and new construction following the calamity brought about by the earthquake, to the promotion of good governance, energy development and to the modernization of agriculture.
Presentation of the government’s policy and programme by the President began at the Legislature-Parliament Building, Naya Baneshwar at 3pm today.
Before this, Speaker Subas Nembang welcomed the President by presenting a bouquet to him when he arrived at the International Convention Centre. Prime Minister Koirala was present on the occasion.
The Centre is lavishly decorated with the national flag and colourful festoons for the occasion. Security has been tightened in the entire Baneshwar area in view of the President’s visit. The podium from where the President is reading out the policy and programme document has also been bedecked with flowers and garlands. The water fountain in front of the convention has also been brought into operation adding to the beauty of the venue.
The Legislature-Parliament Secretariat has made arrangements for special passes for the visitors who want to see the proceedings in today’s special parliament meeting. The lawmakers had already taken their seats at the meeting venue half an hour before the start of the meeting.
Special seats have been placed in the balcony above the main meeting hall for distinguished guests including the Vice President Paramananda Jha.
Most lawmakers who used to come to attend parliament meetings wearing informal dress at other times were seen donning the national attire – the Daura-Suruwal-Coat- Bhadgaunle Topi (cap) combination.
A contingent of the Nepalese Army presented a guard of honour to the President when he arrived at the Convention Centre.