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Need to establish norms for consolidation of democracy: Prime Minister Oli

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister and National Development Problem Solution Committee Chair KP Sharma Oli has said that legal and other procedural hassles should not obstruct development works.

Addressing the 45th meeting of the Committee here on Wednesday, Prime Minister Oli expressed dissatisfaction over the failure in progress of some national priority projects, in the name of legal cases. “We need to disqualify those who leave projects stranded after holding it without any progress for a long time,” he said.

Oli however expressed the confidence that the facilitation committee formed to facilitate among the ministries under the federal government and among the various levels of government would contribute to accelerated development of projects. On a different note, he said that nepotism, favouritism and corruption must be checked, as they tarnish democracy. “We must establish a norm, and we will become successful and must become successful in it,” the Prime Minister said.

Stating that it was a big achievement to attain around seven per cent economic growth despite many upheavals, the Prime Minister said we now need to move ahead by correcting the shortcomings of the past and without any dilly dallying. “Not cooperating with the government and spreading despair among the people are being held not only in the political sector but also from the government agencies. We need to be alert of this,” he said.

During the meeting, Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission Dr Pushparaj Kandel had presented nine proposals including simplifying the initial environmental assessment and environmental impact assessment of the projects related to forests, addressing the sick contracts, addressing the issues relating to excavation of aggregates among others.
Minister for Finance Dr Yuwaraj Khatiwada had clarified about the concerns voiced by various ministers and Chief Ministers regarding allocation of budget and revenue distribution.
Minister for Forest and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Minister for Foreign Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Chief Minister of Province no 2 Lal Babu Raut, province no 5 Chief Minister Shanker Pokharel, Sudurpaschim province’s Tirlochan Bhatta, auditor Tanka Mani Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority Sushil Gyawali and Minister for Urban Development Mohammad Ishtiyak Rai had presented their opinions at the meeting. RSS

Published Date: Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 | 03:03 PM

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