House panel asks govt to provide more details on donor conference

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 21, 2015-

The National Disaster Management and Monitoring Committee of the Legislature-Parliament on Sunday directed the government to hold discussions with political parties regarding the preparation of the upcoming International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction-2015 slated for June 25 in Kathmandu.

 Lawmakers criticised the government for failing to take inputs from the parties. “It is sad to say that the government has not consulted the parties, though the conference is a matter of national interest. The issue should be raised in the House,” said UCPN (M) Chief Whip Giriraj Mani Pokhrel.

The House panel had summoned Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat and Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey to draw their attention on why the government has not discussed issues to be raised in the conference at the House. The House panel had also questioned why Pandey did not visit China to personally invite the Chinese Premier for the conference.

“The committee instructed the government to provide all details regarding the preparations of the conference,” said Chairman of the CA and the committee Subas Chandra Nembang after the meeting. The committee has not received any blueprint on the government’s preparation to seek aid and loan, Nembang said.

Responding to queries from lawmakers, Mahat clarified that he was specifically told by the PM to visit India to invite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Pandey said that he cancelled his trip to China once he came to know that the Chinese Premier would not be visiting Nepal for the conference.

Published: 22-06-2015 08:14

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