News Digest – Federalism (April 01 – 07, 2021)

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After a long time, the Seventh Session of the Lumbini Provincial Assembly commenced on March 31. And the last (Sixth Session) was held on October 6, 2020. During the Seventh Session, the provincial lawmakers discussed the recent trend of political phenomena. In the meeting, the Nepali Congress’s lawmakers criticize Prime Minister Oli’s activities and the lawmakers of Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) also. Moreover, Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel ended the Seventh Session while the opposition parties decided to file a no-confidence motion against him.

Gandaki Pradesh commences assembly meeting on April 7. As per the mandatory provision that the provincial parliaments should organize the assembly meeting within six months. 

On April 1, the Minister of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs, Lilanath Shrestha informed that the local levels could hire manpower for the judicial committee. The committee delivers justice to the people at their doorsteps. He also said Dalit, women, and backward community people do not have access to justice. The committee raises the voice of such groups. 

Budget Issues

Led by the KP Oli’s government presented a three years budget. The implementation of the budget had been criticized while several pride projects failed. The economists also claimed that the government could not perform well during the last three year’s budget implementation. The government spent more than 10% of the budget in the last week of the tail end of the fiscal year. 

Minister of Finance, Bishnu Prasad Paudel appeals to the ministries to propose those programs that can be implemented in the next years’ budget. Minister Paudel criticized and saying that there is also a create situation to surrender while the concerned bodies cannot spend the budget in a timely.

Disaster risk reduction 

The National Reconstruction Authority has provided disaster management skills to the local levels. The authority conducted a three days training program for local representatives at Lalitpur. The program was carried out from April 1 to 3. During the program, the authority provided skills to reduce man-made disasters. Similarly, the participant-representatives said that there is a lack of disaster-related budget and the representatives could not manage disasters. There is also a constitution provision for the disaster management committee at each of the local levels. 

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