Mixed response to government policies and programmes

Finance Minister Janardan Sharma (second from left), former prime ministers — Jhala Nath Khanal (right) and Baburam Bhattarai — are seen in conversation after attending a joint meeting of Federal Parliament where government policies and programmes were presented by President Bidya Devi Bhandari, at Parliament building in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: Leaders of various political parties have given mixed reactions to the government policies and programmes for the fiscal year 2022/23 introduced on Tuesday.

Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki described the policies and programmes as a blueprint to make Nepal prosperous. The policies and programmes are reflections of our dream of bringing prosperity to the country. “It is not just an assurance, it will be implemented.”

Likewise, Chair of the Federal Council of the Janata Samajbadi Party of Nepal and former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai said that the policies and programmes were positive in totality but were insufficient for the overall economic development of the country.

Chairperson of CPN (Unified Socialist) and former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal also remarked that the policies and programmes were positive as the country’s agriculture, energy development, tourism promotion and other sectors were given the highest priority.

CPN (UML) Vice Chairperson and former Finance Minister Surendra Pandey said that many issues included in the policies and programmes have been repeated for a long time. He also said that it will be difficult to implement everything mentioned in the policies and programmes due to the limited size of our budget.

Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chairman Rajendra Lingden remarked that there will be problems in implementation of policies and programmes due to the traditional nature of the budget as in the past.



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