Print Edition - 2015-06-08 | MONEY
Directive non-compliance concerns House panel
Jun 7, 2015-
The Parliamentary Finance Committee on Sunday decided to draw the government’s attention over non-compliance of its directive that asked ministers and government officials to avoid foreign trips.
The Cabinet has also decided to avoid foreign junket and other unnecessary expenses to save money for relief and rehabilitation of earthquake victims.
However, Education Minister Chitra Lekha Yadav recently went to Denmark. And, proposals of foreign trips of Health Minister Khagaraj Adhikari, Commerce and Supply Minister Sunil Bahadur Thapa, Agriculture Minister Hari Parajuli and Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat have reached the Cabinet for approval.
“The country has sustained a great debacle. Therefore, we have directed the government to be more cautious in its conduct,” Prakash Jwala, chairman of Finance Committee said, adding the ministers and high-level government officials did not stop making foreign visits although the government itself has directed them visit earthquake-affected districts instead of foreign countries.
Jwala said some of the ministers and government officials have been found misusing resources. “They are using helicopters to go to places accessible by road,” Jwala said. “The directive has been issued with a motive to reduce such irregularities at a time of disaster.”
The committee also decided to suggest the government and National Planning Commission to prepare the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) at the possible earliest.
Other decisions include directing the government to make timely preparations of bilateral and multilateral donors meet and make preparations to obtain maximum benefits from it.
The government has scheduled a donor’s meet on June 25 under the banner of “International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction” and the theme of “Towards Resilience”.
The Ministry of Finance has said it will complete the PDNA by June 10, and put on table the issues in which the government will need assistance in the days to come.
The government is hopeful that traditional multilateral and bilateral donors as well as others would increase assistance to Nepal.
Published: 08-06-2015 07:37