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Nepal’s Terai-Madhes Prosperity Programme yields encouraging outcomes

KATHMANDU: ‘Terai-Madhes Prosperity Programme’ launched by the current government last year has started yielding encouraging outcomes.
The government has primarily focused the programme to develop and expand the physical infrastructure of 276 local levels of the 21 Terai districts.
Under the programme, altogether 450 common shelter buildings have already been constructed, said the central coordination unit of the programme. Similarly, as many as 181 buildings of school, birthing centre, health post and child development centre have been constructed.
The programme is being conducted under the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration. According to Ram Hari Sharma, director of the Terai-Madhes Prosperity Programme Central Coordination Unit under the Ministry, 44 km road was constructed under the programme.
Other 20 projects relating to agriculture development meant for food and bio-processing, bio-agriculture business, agro-product collection and purchase centre have been initiated. Likewise, construction of 10 drinking water projects has been finished.
“Work on building two km irrigation canal and river containment has been completed while two projects for alternative energy have also been finished,” Sharma said. According to him, a pond was constructed as an infrastructure for disaster reduction.
For the programme, the government had allocated Rs. 2.03 billion last fiscal year. The Central Coordination Unit said that the programme had obtained 88 per cent physical and 83 per cent financial progress.
“The progress will be more effective and fruitful in the current fiscal year as many confusions appeared in the previous fiscal year have been cleared,” Sharma said.
Sharma also said that the programme had been launched to uplift the classes and communities that are socially and economically backward.
The programme have been launched in Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara, Parsa, Chitwan, Nawalpasari (East), Nawalparasi (West), Rupandehi, Kapilvastu, Dang, Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur districts.
Mayor of Gadhimai Municipality in Rautahat, Shyam Prasad Yadav, said that a community building had been constructed last fiscal year and construction of three health posts had been proposed for current fiscal year under the programme.
Similarly, chairman of Mayadevi Rural Municipality Dhruva Narayan Chaudhary said that a two-km road was blacktopped last fiscal year under the programme.
Chaudhary further said that the government should continue the Terai-Madhes Prosperity Porgramme to build health posts, community buildings and infrastructures for drinking water in local bodies of the Terai districts
Sharma said that the programme had helped increase the access of the people to public service and uplifted the lifestyle of the socially and economically backward communities.

Published Date: Thursday, August 8th, 2019 | 07:05 PM

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