Print Edition - 2014-06-26 | Main News
DPM-led Cabinet to pass annual policies
- Ministers instructed to submit the draft no later than Thursday evening
Jun 25, 2014-
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bam Dev Gautam will chair the Cabinet meeting in the absence of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to discuss and approve the government’s annual policies and programmes.
The Cabinet meeting of Sunday will endorse the final text of the policies and programmes before President Ram Baran Yadav presents it in the Legislature-Parliament in the afternoon. It will be the first instance of the Cabinet meeting presided over by a deputy prime minister since the restoration of democracy in 1990. PM Koirala is currently in New York for medical examination. Since his medical is taking longer than expected, the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML had agreed to convene the Cabinet meeting to take the decisions on pressing issues, chief among them is the presentation of annual policies and programmes.
After a series of consultations with the president, prime minister, the senior Cabinet ministers, and the attorney general, the decision was reached on holding the Cabinet meeting on Sunday.
“There were no constitutional and legal hurdles to convene the meeting under the acting prime minister. It was a practical thing to do in the absence of prime minister,” said Minister for Law and Justice Narahari Acharya.
There was confusion about the fate of government’s policies and programmes, and budget announcement in the PM’s absence. The upcoming General Convention of CPN-UML had further deepened the uncertainty. UML had been pressing the government to set the date for the presentation of the annual policies and programmes either before their week-long jamboree starting on July 3 or afterwards.
“We’re running on the edge due to the time constraints. We, the ruling parties, have finally agreed to present the policies and programmes before the UML convention, and announce the new budget after the convention,” said Acharya.
DPM Gautam has already instructed his Cabinet colleagues to submit the draft of the annual policies and programmes no later than Thursday evening. The draft will be circulated to NC and UML top brass for necessary amendments, sanctioned by PM Koirala over the phone, and tabled for the Cabinet’s approval.
Published: 26-06-2014 08:39