Lumbini Province Chief Amik Sherchan ended the ninth assembly session at midnight on November 17 without a decision. On the recommendation of the cabinet chief, Sherchan announced the end of the session during the opposition’s dispute. Due to the opposition obstruction, the assembly meeting of Lumbini has not been able to organize meeting for the last three months, after Kul Prasad KC was appointed as Chief Minister. The main opposition has been demanding to take action against their Lawmakers who have crossed the floor.
On November 21, the CPN-Unified Socialist (CPN-US) participated in the cabinet of Province 2. Province 2 Chief Hari Shankar Mishra administered the oath of two new ministers, Shatrughan Mahato for the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Forest and Hari Shanker Mishra for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication.
The Chief Minister of Province 1 is preparing to split three ministries and form a total of 11 ministries for distribution of power-sharing among the coalition parties. Province 1 is preparing to split ministries are the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperative.
The newly-appointed Karnali Chief Minister Jeevan Bahadur Shahi has decided to take a vote of confidence on November 30.
Economy and Development
According to the Finance Controller General Office (FCGO), the government has spent a budget of 4.5% only during the first quarter.
Karnali Province has spent only 4.83% of the total budget during the first quarter of the current fiscal year. Reportedly, the government spent 7.55% of the current budget while 2.96% of the capital budget only. The office of the Chief Justice has spent about 19% as the highest budget while the Ministry of Water Resources and Energy Development has spent the lowest with 1.42% only.
The Minister for the Economic Affair and Planning of Province 1, Indra Bahadur Angboo has said in the press conference the ministry is preparing to revise the previous budget and implement it effectively from mid-December. The ministry deducted unnecessary budget in vehicle purchases, religious purposes, and entertainment expenses.
According to the Ministry of Finance, the government cannot manage 2% irregularities during four months of the current fiscal year.
Local representatives and leaders of Mapya Dudhkoshi Rural Municipality of Solukhumbu have demanded an additional budget to complete their development project with the Province 1 government.
The Provincial level conference of Dalit Women’s Association has started in Butwal. Lumbini Chief Minister Kul Prasad KC inaugurated the conference. During the inauguration, CM KC has said the provincial government supports the Dalit communities by forming new laws in the provincial government.