Planning body to be reconstituted

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Dec 6, 2014-

Preparations are under way to reconstitute the National Planning Commission (NPC) to make its role more effective. As per the plans, the planning body’s name would be changed in line with the concept of the federal system.

A taskforce formed to recommend on NPC’s restructuring, plans to propose changing its name to “National Policy and Planning Commission”, and changing the roles and responsibilities of office-bearers.

NPC Vice-chairman Govindaraj Pokha-rel said the taskforce has prepared a draft on the restructuring, which will be presented at NPC’s meeting soon.

As per the draft, the Prime Minister would be its chairman, while the vice-chairman would have minister-level status. Five other members would be ranked at state minister-level. The chief secretary and secretary of the Finance Ministry would be ex-officio members, while existing post of NPC secretary would changed to member secretary.

The board would have 33 percent women representation, except for ex-officio members. The term of the office-bearers would be at least five years. According to the draft, the five members should have qualification at least Ph.D. and 15 years of experience.  

The central bank governor, financial comptroller general, a representative from the National Finance Commission and a member of Provincial Planning Commission would be invitee members.

The taskforce’s coordinator Govinda Nepal said the NPC’s reconstitution would make it easier the formulation of economic and development plans.

Published: 07-12-2014 09:30

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