Economic structures blamed for low capital expenditures: NC lawmaker Rijal

File – Former minister and Nepali Congress lawmaker Minendra Rijal. Photo: HoR youtube videograb

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress lawmaker Minendra Rijal has said existing economic structures are blamed for discouraging capital expenditure in the country.

Delivering his views on the principles and priorities of the Appropriation Bill for the fiscal year 2022/23 in a meeting of the House of Representatives today, he urged the bodies concerned, lawmakers and the Finance Ministry to undertake efforts to end the culture promoting a stagnant capital expenditure.

The NC lawmaker was of the view of focusing on the domestic food production, promotion of industries and enterprises and a clear policy on the public-private relations to correct the Balance of Payments (BoP) deficit.

He explained that current economic problems in the nation resulted not just due to the incumbent government, urging people not to forget the fact that the size of the foreign loan was increased during the leadership of erstwhile government led by the current opposition CPN (UML).

He took time to claim that the trend of highlighting the railway and ship operation projects, and view tower construction projects had further fueled the issue.

As he said a cursory look at the priorities of the budget for the fiscal year showed that they were realistic and result-oriented, and urged the ruling and opposition parties to be serious about the economic issues.

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