News Digest (August 27 – September 2, 2020)



Provincial and Local Governments

Local governments’ carelessness: The Office of the Auditor General study about the work capacity of local levels shows that despite the constitution having provided the powers of local government such as law-making, agriculture, animal husbandry, and infrastructure development including good governance, etc, efficiency has not increased. Similarly, only 10% of representatives have inspected the fieldwork before making their plans. Most of the local levels have not been able to formulate their essential committees. The study also shows around 29% of an audit has been unaccounted for at the local level.[1]

PMEP: 540 local levels out of 753 who have received grants through the Prime Minister Employment Program (PMEP) have not submitted their expenditure details yet. The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MoLESS) had sent a letter to all the local levels on July 23 for expenditure report submission after the delay. The MoLESS again sent a second letter on August 23 to all local levels. The MoLESS has now halted the grant to those local levels who did not submit the expenditure details.[2]

Similarly, the government is providing 100 days of employment to 200,000 people through PMEP in the current fiscal year. The government has allocated Rs 11.60 billion for this.  

Provincial Irregularities: Massive irregularities have been found in the maintenance of vehicles of the Assembly in Province 5. Province 5 assembly has shown Rs 6.333 million only as maintenance expenditure of three vehicles for three years. Three years ago, the Provincial Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had found an irregularity in the purchase of the same vehicles. Provincial PAC has started an investigation in maintenance expenditure.[3]

Corona Response: Chief Minister of Province 2, Lal Babu Raut announced that PCR machines will be set up all districts of the province within 15 days.[4]

The federal government will construct 39 new buildings to run hospitals at several local levels in 10 districts of Karnali Province. The government also set up 15-bed hospitals at each local level in Karnali in the current fiscal year.[5] Apart from this, a meeting of the Provincial Disaster Management Center, Karnali, has decided to stop entry in the province if the entrants do not show the COVID PCR report.[6]

Land Revenue: The government is going to transfer 60 land revenue offices to the local level countrywide. After the office transfer, the landowners will be able to buy and sell land from the local levels itself. The Land Revenue Office in Kathmandu will monitor the local level land revenue activities.[7]








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