Parliament panel says government failed to deliver on many promises

  • Panel is preparing to question ministers--why they lied to Parliament and the people
- TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu

Apr 13, 2019-

The government has failed to deliver on various promises and such an act amounts to lying to Parliament, a parliamentary committee report states.

The report drafted by a subcommittee of the Delegated Legislation and Government Assurance Committee under the National Assembly has listed a number of government’s lies--those too in official documents submitted to the federal parliament.

“The government has lied to Parliament; we are preparing to question the ministers,” said Nepal Communist Party lawmaker Balaram Banskota, who led the subcommittee.

The National Assembly committee had formed the subcommittee under lawmaker Banskota on November 20 last year.

The committee’s meeting held on March 26 endorsed its four-page report, listing a number of promises which were made in the government’s budget, policies and programmes, white paper and budget’s principles and priorities.

The subcommittee has pointed out that the government, in its policies and programmes for the last fiscal year, had promised a double digit economic growth and that the Gautam Buddha Regional International Airport would come into operation within a year. The KP Sharma Oli government had promised to complete the reconstruction of all private houses damaged by the 2015 earthquakes within a year.

In the principles and priorities of the budget for the fiscal year 2018-19, the government said the transportation sector would be made fully competitive and separate laws would be drafted to manage time, quality and investment of larger infrastructure and national pride projects.

However, the parliamentary committee has no authority to take action against government entities for failing to deliver on their promises.

They can only question the ministers why they failed to keep their words.

“It’s about morality. Lawmakers can only question the government and ministers,” said Banskota.

Experts say the tendency among leaders and authorities to speak and make promises without considering whether they could be delivered has led to the culture of lying.

“In Nepal, leaders and authorities do not fear the consequences. But they are gradually losing the trust of the people,” said Mohan Mainali, editor of South Asia Check, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit initiative by Panos South Asia which aims to promote accuracy and accountability in public debate.

“Since they feel that they do not have any liability of fulfilment of obligations and promises, they speak whatever they wish for momentary gain,” he said

Published: 14-04-2019 07:38

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