News Digest – Federalism (February 25 – March 3, 2021)

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Administrative issues: On February 28, the Sudurpashchim Pradesh cabinet meeting appealed to recommend two ordinances with the provincial chief. The ordinance is related to the Administrative Procedure (Regulation) Act and Provincial Public Service Commission.

Local representatives complained that the federal government and provincial government have not coordinated with them while starting development and construction works. Local representatives also complained that the provincial government itself formed a consumer committee and selected plans without coordination with local governments.

Most of the local levels have a Governance and Institutional Development Committee for watching and raising public awareness about good governance and monitoring corruption-related incidents. However, the committee did not pay attention to such incidents while massive corruption was happening at the local levels.

Health, education, and development: The Ministry of Social Development of Province 2 is preparing to hire 80 nurses to each district for eight nurses to operate programs in schools. The program aims to make the children aware about health and nutrition. 

Karnali Pradesh is providing higher education scholarship program annually to the female child, Dalits, disabled people, and martyr’s families. But out of 10 districts in Karnali Pradesh, Jumla district did not receive scholarship despite several eligible people being there.  

The government of Province No. 1 has prepared to develop potential tourist areas. Before lockdown, Province No. 1 selected 100 new tourism areas for protection and promotion but it was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the Province is again emphasizing to develop these areas.

Even after four months the National Natural Resource and Fiscal Commission has not made the report public. Four months ago, the commission submitted a report to President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

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