Discussion put on hold over oppn threat, again

Kathmandu
Discussion put on hold over oppn threat, again

Jul 31, 2014-

Post-budget discussion has been postponed for another week after the opposition parties threatened to obstruct the Parliamentary session demanding implementation of the past agreements. The discussion was already delayed by two weeks due to government’s failure to print the budget book on time. The UCPN (Maoist) and Madhes-based parties said the government should first release the money for the conflict-hit people.

Earlier, the opposition parties had allowed to pass the Advance Budget Bill after Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat promised to release the amount committed to war-victims. However, there has not been any progress on the issue, said opposition leaders.

After opposition party threatened to obstruct the House session, the ruling parties sought one week to fulfill the demands. The fresh agreement between the ruling and opposition parties means the post-budget discussion will now begin on July 6. The two sides will hold talks after the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day official visit to Nepal.

The delay would hit the budget’s implementation as it has been more than two weeks since the government presented its annual budget in Parliament.

UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had made a decision to provide Rs 1 million to the families of those killed during the decade-long insurgency, Madhes movement, Janaandolan-2 and other political movements. The government immediately released Rs 200,000 at the time, but the successive governments failed to release the budget. Later, the Baburam Bhattarai-led government in 2012 decided to provide half a million rupees in cash and balance the remaining amount in shares of hydropower projects.

According to Maoist leaders, Mahat failed to incorporate the issue in the budget.

“It is a dishonesty on part of the government not to allocate any amount for the victims,” said Maoist leader Haribol Gajurel.

Leaders from the Maoist and Madhes parties said the government has incorporated only the Janaandolan-2 and excluded the other important political movements that played important role in establishing republic and bring federalism in the country.

Published: 01-08-2014 09:51

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