NNDP bats for seven provinces
LALITPUR: The Nepal National Development Party (NNDP) has issued its manifesto calling for the formation of seven federal provinces while federalizing the country as the main point.
The party issued its manifesto at the Nepal Chintan [Nepal Debate] programme held here on Tuesday.
Through the manifesto NNDP has proposed Narayangadh as the national capital and construction of the East-West railway as priority project.
Speaking in the programme, party president Takashi Miyahara, a Nepali of Japanese origin, said creating many provinces would entail bloated state expenses and so many provinces would not be viable.
Miyahara also said that many provinces would mean recruiting a mammoth number of government employees which would again establish the monopoly of bureaucracy in the country reducing the people to the status of slaves.
Party president Miyahara warned against delineating federal units on the basis of ethnic identity and stressed carving out provinces on the north-south geographical alignment by recognizing all the ethnic and caste groups, religions and multiple identities.
President of the Rastriya Dharma Sabha, Dr. Madhav Bhattarai, religious scholar Narayan Neupane and culture expert Chetan Karki also supported the NNDP manifesto and said this should be followed for making Nepal peaceful and prosperous in the future.
The NNDP has proposed seven provinces as the Seti-Mahakali province with eight districts, the Bheri-Karnali province with 10 districts, the Dolpo-Rapti province with six districts, the Gnadaki province with 16 districts, the Narayani province with 13 districts, the Sagarmatha province with 12 districts and the Mechi-Kosi province with 10 districts. RSS