Govt to set up probe panel

  • budget leak
  • Main opposition to let Parliament session proceed
- Binod Ghimire, Kathmandu
The government has formed a two-member committee to decide the size and terms of reference of the probe panel

Jun 1, 2016-A day after the main opposition Nepali Congress obstructed House proceedings demanding a probe into budget leak, the government on Tuesday formed a two-member committee to decide on the size and terms of reference of a probe panel to be formed.

Minister for Law Agni Kharel and NC leader Ramesh Lekhak are in the committee. 

A meeting of the ruling alliance called by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday morning agreed, in principle, to form the two-member committee, according to Yogendra Chaudhary, chief whip of the ruling Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik. 

The main opposition on Monday obstructed House session, saying the government should form a parliamentary panel to investigate budget leak, as it “undermined Parliament’s sovereignty”. 

A section of media had published the size of the budget and some of its contents even before the budget was tabled in Parliament. Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel tabled the budget for fiscal year 2016-17 on Saturday. 

Citing an earlier incident of 2011 when budget was leaked, the NC on Monday said it had become a pattern that budget and its contents “get leaked whenever UML is in power” and that it is a “grave economic crime”. 

In 2011, UML’s Bharat Mohan Adhikari had presented the budget. A parliamentary panel led by NC leader Laxman Prasad Ghimire had been formed in 2011, which had suggested that the government should remain alert while drafting the budget and ensure that incident of leak does not get repeated in future.

Published: 01-06-2016 08:01

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