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House panel mulls on providing hassle-free policies for mega projects

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the Legislature-Parliament Committee on Finance and Labor Relations has stressed on making policy by recognizing projects relating to agriculture, tourism and hydropower as the projects of national pride in the budget of the next fiscal year.

The meeting held in Singha Durbar today, has stressed for giving first priority to these sectors to reduce the budget in non-budgetary topics.

Committee members Dr Tilak Rawal, Jip Tshering Sherpa, Sher Bahadur Kunwar and Durga Pariyar stressed on bringing policy and programmes by studying the projects of national importance and preparing new budget in line with the projects.

The lawmakers said that the government’s ambitious policies and programmes but weak implementation part failed to bring about desired result ultimately creating despair among the public.

The committee members stressed on bringing the programmes that could be run through the uses of national means, resources and government capacity.

During the meeting, Vice-president of National Planning Commission Dipendra Bahadur Kshetri said size of the next budget will be around Rs 439 billion.

Kshetri said the budget will be prepared on the basis of national capability abiding by the laws despite of political pressure from various political parties.

Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, Krishna Hari Baskota stressed on intensive discussions for preparing budget as problems were created due to ambitious budget prepared on the basis of domestic income and foreign grants as fully investment-friendly environment has not been prepared yet.

President of the Committee Sushila Kandanga said additional discussions was needed with Minister for Finance and called the committee’s next meeting on April 30. RSS

Published Date: Friday, April 27th, 2012 | 02:04 AM

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