News Digest: Governance (August 12 to 18, 2021)

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The government has finalized its common minimum program which, according to cross-party leaders, has 11 points which will guide how the government will function, mentioning actions, both short and long term, that the Sher Bahadur Deuba government will take. However, the document doesn’t mention any information about the MCC (Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Nepal Compact Nepal), under which the United States would give Nepal a grant of $500 million. An MCC related bill has been pending in the house for more than two years.

Newly appointed Executive Director of Nepal Electricity Authority Kulman Ghising, welcomed by the staff. Photo: RSS

An electricity tariff waiver was passed on the same day that Kul Man Ghising was appointed as managing director of the Nepal Electricity Authority; farmers and lower income households are expected to benefit from this tariff, and the Nepal Electricity Authority and the Department of Irrigation will cover the cost of the waiver. Furthermore, on August 11, the Energy Minister Pampha Bhusal decided to provide free electricity to those who use less than 20 units in a month.

An alliance of four parties—Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist Centre), Janata Samajbadi Party and Rastriya Janamorcha submitted a proposal to the office of the Provincial Chief Amik Sherchan to form a government in the province of Lumbini, proposing to appoint Kul Prasad KC to the post of chief minister.

Kul Prasad KC, the parliamentary party leader of CPN (Maoist Centre) has been appointed as the chief minister of Lumbini province by Amik Sherchan as per Article 168 (2) of the Constitution. KC took the oath of office and secrecy at the office of the provincial chief on August 12.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari has prorogued the parliament from August 16 on the recommendation of the government. The Kathmandu Post reported a minister citing that the government needs time to arrive at a consensus on pending bills and also because a new session needs to be called soon.

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