NA begins deliberations on government policies and programmes

Lawmakers attend the meeting of National Assembly. Photo coourtesy: NA

KATHMANDU: The National Assembly (NA) has begun deliberations on the government policies and programmes for the upcoming fiscal year 2022/23. The policies and programmes were presented by President Bidya Devi Bhandari before a joint session of the Federal Parliament on May 24.

In today’s session of the Upper House, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Govinda Sharma Koirala, on behalf of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, proposed the meeting to hold discussions on the government’s new policies and programmes.

Taking part in the deliberations, Bhairab Sundar Shrestha, Shekhar Kumar Singh, Bhagawati Neupane and Bimala Ghimire who have proposed amendments to the policies and programmes, defended the amendment proposals.

As they viewed, “One household: One tap programme announced by the government is claimed to be for ensuring drinking water supplies to over 460,000 people. But still, the concern is that under the programme, there are high and medium standards of drinking water for the target groups.” “People need pure drinking water and we want the government to clarify who its target groups are for high standard water and who are of the medium standard,” the NA members questioned.

Moreover, they alleged that the recent local level elections were held in an unjust way despite the government’s claim that it was peaceful.  Amendments have also been sought regarding the government’s decision to exclude over 1,400 road projects introduced by the previous government.



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