News Digest: Federal Affairs (November 11 – 17, 2021)

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Provincial Politics

On November 16, Province 1 Speaker Pradeep Kumar Bhandari postponed the Provincial Assembly (PA) meeting till 11:30 AM while the main opposition party CPN-UML did not participate in the PA meeting. Chief Minister Rajendra Rai called a meeting to take a vote of confidence from the PA. But the opposition did not take part in the meeting saying that the lawmakers would face difficulty reaching the PA meeting due to the strike of Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplov’.

On November 16, Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment of Province 2, Ram Naresh Raye was dismissed from his post. Raye is a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Rastriya Janata Party. Chief Minister (CM) Lal Babu Raut sent a letter to the Province Chief Office of the dismissal of the post of Minister Raye. Although CM Raut asked him to resign, Raye was reluctant.

The Parliamentary party leader Chandra Bahadur of Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Socialist (CPN-US) was appointed as Internal Affairs and Law Minister of Karnali Province.

Economy and Development   

The government has aimed to receive Nrs. 59.919 billion grants in the current Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22 and Nrs. 5.812 billion grants in the first three months. But the government of Nepal has not been able to get foreign grants in the first three months of the current FY. According to the secretary of the Ministry of Economic Finance, the government has been able to reach an agreement with Nrs. 3.26 billion with Green Climate Fund, Nrs. 995.5 million with Asian Development Bank, and Nrs. 1.9 billion with the Swiss Government. Similarly, foreign grants have been declining every year for the last five years.

Gandaki Province Chief Minister has demanded an additional budget with the federal government to implement development projects which have been affected due to lack of sufficient budget.

Irregularity

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has alleged that Province 2 has been involved in irregularities in bicycles purchases. Province 2 government had bought 17,262 bicycles worth of NRs. 111.7 million for distributing girls under the ‘Beti Bachau-Beti Padhau’ campaign. The CIAA accused that Province 2 bought bicycles without the name, model, and brand of the manufacturing company.

Local news

On November 14, the facilitators of the Child Development Center and school employees padlocked the office of Sarkegard Rural Municipality in Humla district, demanding a salary hike. The facilitators said the Sarkegad Rural Municipality failed to increase salaries while most of the local level have managed/increased salaries from the internal resources.

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