Maoists against budget push for liberalisation, privatisation

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 14, 2014-

The main opposition UCPN (Maoist) has said the budget presented by the government in Parliament on Sunday aims to promote neo-liberal economic policies, which cannot heal the country’s economic ills.

The party plans to register an amendment proposal at Parliament Secretariat demanding the removal of the Rs 10 million provision to lawmakers for development projects.

A meeting of the party’s top leaders held at Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s residence on Monday to review the budget concluded that the fiscal document stresses liberalisation and privatisation, ignoring the proven flaws of the policies.

The party believes that a separate economic policy to address the country’s needs should be formulated, without copying the economic policy adopted by any other country.

The party wants the policy to promote cooperatives, partnership and domestic and private investments. “In our context, the policy of liberalisation and privatisation has been ineffective but the government has replicated the model,” said Maoist leader Giriraj Mani Pokhrel.

He argued that there are no policies in the budget to boost the national economy and to undertake scientific land reforms. The meeting concluded that the budget has failed to enhance the agriculture sector and to create jobs. “The budget should have adopted a policy to stop youths from flying out to seek employment opportunities abroad,” said Pokhrel.

There had been some attempts to discourage liberalisation and privatisation after the political change of 2008, the party said, but the government had revived the failed policy.

Post-budget discussions in Parliament will begin on Tuesday. The Maoist party plans to register amendment proposals if Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat fails to address their concerns.

The party also expressed dissatisfaction at the Rs 10 million allotment to lawmakers to launch development projects, fearing the amount could be misused. “We will register an amendment proposal against the clause if the finance minister fails to convince us,” said Pokhrel.

Published: 15-07-2014 09:07

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