News Digest – Federalism (November 19 – 25)

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Administrative Issues: The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) has prepared an 18-point written commitment letter to the chief administrative officer for doing an effective and quality work at the local level. This letter came after the working style of officers were criticized and the report of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority and the Office of the Audit General showed the corruption, irregularities, and audit objection have increased to local level.

After nine months of issuance of the Police Adjustment Act, the government approved the Organization and Management (O&M) Survey report of the Nepal Police and provincial police. According to the O&M report, out of 79,532 Nepal police throughout the country, there will be 24,812 under Nepal police and the remaining 54,720 under the seven provincial governments.

Even after four months, the Sudurpaschim Pradesh’s Provincial Assembly has not been held.

Education and Development Issues: The Ministry of Social Development, Province 1, is going to start the ‘Hello Student Program’ to teach students by telephone service. The ministry argued that fewer students are attending online classes, and telephone service is more accessible compared to online classes.

The federal cabinet meeting has decided to lease the government land for the construction of five-to-15 bed basic hospitals at each local level. Similarly, Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel granted permission to the Ministry of Health and Population to construct 936 hospital in the first phase. The ministry has allocated Rs 57.97 billion for the hospitals, and earlier, the ministry had released Rs 6.12 billion to the local level for the construction of the hospitals.

Audit Issues: Audit objection of Gandaki Pradesh has massively increased in the last fiscal year compared to the fiscal year 2018/19. According to the report of the Office of the Audit General, there was only Rs 540,000 an audit abjection issue in the fiscal year 2018/1920, however, the amount increased to Rs 1.64 billion in the last fiscal year. The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure Development and related Offices have more than 90% audit objection.

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