News Digest – Federalism (October 8 -14)

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Administrative issues: Minister for Internal Affairs and Law of Province 2, Gyanendra Yadav informed that the provincial government will finalize the name and permanent capital soon. Although all political parties are unanimous on the issue of capital at Janakpur, the parties’ stand on the issue of its provincial name is likely to complicate further. Meanwhile, the ruling Janata Samajwadi Party finalized Madhesh Pradesh its capital name whereas Nepali Congress stands on Mithila Bhojpura.

The Magar umbrella organization, Nepal Magar Community and Janata Samajwadi Party’s affiliated organization Magarat Joint Struggle Committee expressed dissatisfaction over the naming of Province 5 as Lumbini Pradesh. Both organizations demanded the name of province 5 should be Magarat-Lumbini Pradesh.

Six months ago, Lumbini Pradesh passed the Good Governance Bill for monitoring, investigation, action, and irregularities for a transparent service delivery of public administration. According to the law, under the coordination of the Chief Minister, they can form a High-Level Committee and Good Governance Management Center. But now, the act seems to be inactive. With the involvement of the ministries and government staff, irregularities and unnecessary expenditure spending are on the rise in Lumbini Pradesh

Economy and Development: The World Bank projected that Nepal’s economic growth will 0.6% in the current fiscal year 2020/21, while, the government’s projection is 7%.

Health issues: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) is going to upgrade 43 health institutes in Sudurpashchim Pradesh. The ministry will construct 13 hospitals with 15 beds and 30 hospitals with 10-beds.

On October 12, the Provincial Assembly of Province 2 passed Health and Medical bills.

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