pre-budget discussion

  • Budget should create jobs: Lawmakers
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 15, 2014-

Cross-party lawmakers have urged the government to bring new budget that would focus on employment creation, agriculture sector and revamping country’s sick industries.

The pre-budget discussion, taking place in Parliament for the first time since 2008, saw the lawmakers complain that the agriculture sector has been neglected in the budget despite huge potential. “The budget should focus on boosting the agriculture sector and bringing in programmes that would create jobs,” said NC lawmaker Arjun Narasingh KC, calling on the government to introduce special programmes targeting the marginalised communities.  

CPN-UML lawmaker Sher Dhan Rai said the new budget should incorporate programmes that facilitate the ongoing peace and constitution drafting process. Stressing the need to focus on job creation, Rai added, “We need a village-centric budget that would help create employment for the youths.”

UCPN (Maoist) lawmaker Haribol Gajurel urged the government to consider scientific land reform to boost the country’s agriculture sector. “After 2008, two high-level scientific land reform commissions were formed but reports of these commission have not been implemented yet,” said Gajurel. Rastriya Prajantra Party-Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa said the budgetary vision presented by Finance Minister Ram Saran Mahat in Parliament has failed to cheer the ordinary people. “The finance minister should adopt a far-sighted vision and needs to take a bold decision to provide relief to the people,” Thapa said, adding that there is no alternative to liberal democracy and free market policy.

A majority of the lawmakers who spoke on Sunday suggested that the government should allocate more resources  to the grass-roots level. Pre-budget discussion is underway in the Parliament since Friday which will be continued for another three days. However, the government is yet to fix date to present policy and programme, and the budget. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s visit to America is likely to delay the budget presentation.

Published: 16-06-2014 08:46

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