News digest: Federal Affairs (October 21-27, 2021)

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Provincial Politics

The opposition alliance of the State Assembly of Bagmati, CPN-Maoist Center, Nepali Congress, CPN-Unified Socialist Party, and Janata Samajwadi Party alternatively agreed to join the provincial government. In the agreement, Rajendra Pandey of the CPN-Unified Socialist Party became the Chief Minister for half of the term and Indra Bahadur Bania of the Congress for the remaining half of the term. Moreover, a three-point agreement has been agreed between the coalition parties. The agreement focused on budget implementation, formation of the cabinet, and political appointments. 

Similarly, Bagmati Province Chief Minister Asta Laxmi Shakya has submitted his resignation to the Provincial Chief Yadav Chandra Sharma. After her conformation that she not able to win the vote of confidence from the Provincial Assembly she resigned.

On October 25, the State Legislative Assembly of Province 1 adjourned the provincial assembly meeting till October 31. The Province 1 Speaker Pradeep Kumar Bhandari had called the Provincial Assembly meeting for taking the vote of confidence. But, the opposition alliance proposed to the speaker to postpone the meeting after some of its Member of Parliaments (PMs) signaled to cross the floor. Moreover, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has agreed to give the Chief Minister of Province 1 to the CPN-Unified Socialist. 

Economic and Development 

The cabinet meeting of Province 2 has submitted two ordinances to the provincial chief for the established university in Province. In the proposal, Chief Minister Lal Babu Raut has recommended two universities, one Technical University in Birganj and another Agriculture University in Saptari.  

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Rupandehi branch has urged the Lumbini Provincial government to correct/amend the budget for the Fiscal year 2021/22. The FNJ claimed the provincial government allocated a budget in individual reach and impact. The FNJ also accused the Lumbini Province of allocating a budget only for their nearest organization. 

The Ministry of Economics has issued the economic-related criteria 2078, for controlling Public Expenditure. As per the procedure, the federal government has stopped buying new vehicles. In the procedure, the government cannot buy the four-wheelers vehicle from government sources, foreign grants, and foreign loans.

The National Natural Resource and Fiscal Commission (NNRFC) has decided to prepare manpower for fiscal federalism. After four years NNRFC establish, now the commission has operated the fiscal federalism internship program for the student. 

Election-related issue

The Election Commission has recommended to the government to hold the election within the Mid-March of 2022. The term of elected officials at the local level is coming to end on May 19, 2022. The commission recommended to the officials that the election should be held three months before the term of the representatives. Similarly, the commission has also recommended that the government hold the National Assembly election in Mid-January, 2021. The members of the National Assembly’s post end Mid-February. 

On October 25, CPN-UML started the convention at the municipal level.   

Health-related issues

Nepal Health Research Council is preparing to open its branches in all over seven provinces. It has already been operated in Hetauda, while it is processing to open its branches in Pokhara and Butwal.

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