News Digest: September 17-23, 2020


Democracy under threat


Administrative Issues: The Chief Minister of Karnali Pradesh, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi launched a program, “Bank Account for Daughters”. CM Shahi has given priority to ensuring social justice for daughters. In the program, the parents would provide Rs 500 as an initial fund to open an account within a year of the birth of their daughter, and an additional fund of Rs 500 will be deposited every month by the government. The children will get Rs 200,000 in twenty years.

On September 9, under the coordination of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law, Karnali Pradesh, formed a committee of seven members to study, revise, and suggest legal documents and suggest after studying the bills, rules, directives, criteria, formation orders, and other documents whether they are legal or not. The meeting also approved the Karnali Pradesh Multi-Year Contract Settlement Directive 2077, the Provincial Environmental Protection Regulations 2077, and the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environmental Program Implementation Directives 2077.

 Five years of constitution promulgation: After five years of promulgation of the constitution, the federal government has failed to formulate all laws required by the local government to function under the constitution. Meanwhile, Thulibheri Municipality in Dolpa has not been able to manage wildlife and revenue collection in its forest areas due to lack of laws. Even, the local government doesn’t have the human resource to prepare laws related to the forest. As a result, the federal government agencies have to handle many activities related to education, agriculture, and land management, although they come under the jurisdictions of the local government.

Byas Rural Municipality NCP office padlocked: The cadres of the Nepal Communist Party padlocked at the ward office of Bayas Rural Municipality in Darchula since September 11. The cadres have demanded the expenses in the name of the Corona pandemic be made public.

Budget and Development: Approximately half of the local governments in the country have failed to receive first-quarter grants of the federal government due to failure submitting its transition details timely of the last fiscal year 2076/77 BS.

32 local levels in Bagmati Pradesh have allocated budget in policies and programs to study Tamang language in the government schools. Bagmati Pradesh has decided that while teaching students, they should be taught mother tongue using the mother tongue script based on ‘Education Policy, 2077’.

COVID-19 Response: On September 19, a cabinet meeting of Province 5 decided to upgrade six district hospitals in Eastern Rukum, Rolpa, Kapilvastu, Arghakhanchi, Palpa, and Rupandehi for prevention and control of Coronavirus and medical staff and equipment will be added in the hospitals. The meeting also decided to provide Rs 9 million to six municipalities for purchase of hearse vans.

With the support of eight local levels, Chaudandi Municipality in Udayapur has started constructing a 40-bed Corona hospital with modern design facility at a cost of Rs 30 million. The hospital will target to provide treatment facilities of neighboring districts Khotang, Okhaldhunga, and Solukhumbu.

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