Nepal is in its current phase of implementing federalism. The federal government does not have much interest to deploy bureaucrats in provincial and local level. The recent data shows that the demand of the employees do not meet the supply made by government in provincial and local government. Maximum numbers of local and provincial offices still remain vacant.
Maximum employees are injected in the federal level, having a negative impact on the nature and control of federal power. The employees deployed only cover half of the requirement on provincial and local levels. Hence, the demand made by the provincial and local government to increase the number of employees is legitimate.
Even after one year of completion of local level election, the local government has not been able to manage its public service such as health. Province 5 being a case, the unavailability of syringe and cotton in some hospitals has created a huge discomfort in the society. Minor problems, which may be of greater concerns, are not seriously taken by the local and provincial authorities. The World Health Organization (WHO) report shows that thousands of people have died because of tobacco consumption, but local government, and health ministry are not submitting the detailed report about tobacco production and consumption, which is harmful for health. We can see the recent trends in Nepal where more than 8% of all high school students are smokers.
Province 5 has launched a new program called ‘smart agriculture’, which is highly relatable as Nepal is an agricultural country with 66% people directly engaged in farming. But, it depends on transparency of the government that how much this program is effective and in practice. Nepali livelihood is largely dependent on agriculture. If the government can conduct this program well, it will be a support system to increase Nepal’s economy.
Nepal’s dream of ‘prosperous country’, taken as a propaganda by some, does not match the current status of Nepali people. Some leaders are claiming that Nepal is moving towards prosperity, but this is just an illusion, as prosperity seems to touch only the leaders and people in power.
Author: Phiroj Chaudhary
Photo: Sushma Bhatta