Post-budget discussion to be delayed

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 22, 2014-

The post-budget discussion in the Parliament is likely to be further delayed as some ministries are yet to submit details on their programmes and policies to the National Planning Commission (NPC).

The discussion which was supposed to begin on Friday was postponed for Thursday citing the lack of preparations. However, according to sources at Parliament Secretariat, it is not possible to start discussion on Thursday as well. Mainly, the Ministry of Local Development and the Ministry of Physical Planning have not submitted their programmes and budgets to the Commission. Only the submission of those documents paves way to print a red book which will cover the ministry and district-wise development projects and budgets.

The discussion can take place only after the book is printed and distributed among lawmakers. Speaker Subas Nembang on Tuesday held discussions with NPC Vice-chairman Govinda Raj Pokhrel. However, he said it is not possible to print the red book and distribute among lawmakers within Thursday. Pokhrel has demanded four more days for the preparations.

If delayed, the government annual budget will be endorsed just before the Dashain festival and implementation of projects begins after the festivals.

It would take at least 45 days to complete the discussions in the Parliament. Sources said leaders of the ruling as well as opposition parties are exerting pressure on those ministries to include their projects in the budget.

Published: 23-07-2014 08:49

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