Experts stress inclusion, long-term plan for dev

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Experts stress inclusion, long-term plan for dev

Sep 19, 2014-

An inclusive state and long term planning are basic pre-requisites if Nepal is to achieve sustained economic growth, said speakers at a discussion titled ‘Kasari Banla Nepal’ during the inaugural day of the fourth Ncell Nepal Literature Festival on Friday.

They were of the opinion that development can’t not be dictated and that the physical infrastructure, which is widely considered as progress, could be only one indicator of the development process.

“Non-extractive state is extremely important for development,” said National Planning Commission (NPC) Member Swornim Wagle. He argued the state should be inclusive if it is to achieve a desired goal. Extractive states entail lack of law and order and are characterised by insecurity and mistrust, which is skewed in favour of the powerful.

“If we have institutions that only extract for their own benefit, then that becomes a problem,” Wagle said.

While Wagle highlighted capital accumulation, human resource management, technological advancement, natural resource and social status as intrinsic requirements for development, Nepali Congress leader Pradip Giri argued that the development is beyond economic indicators. He highlighted “power structure” and the role of politics as major reasons behind development deficiency. “Even BP Koirala said that development is a political process,” he said, adding that those who exercise power get hold of everything and deprive others of their rights and state facilities.

“Nepal hasn’t become a state at all,” said CK Lal, a political analyst. “In a state, citizens pay taxes, adhere to the law, participate in state activities. In return, the state provides them with security, services and ensures every citizen equal legal security.”

The four-day festival under way at the Nepal Academy Hall in Kathmandu will host a series of intellectual debates and discussions on literature and other contemporary social and political issues.

Published: 20-09-2014 09:25

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