- Voice Of The People
Sep 22, 2017-PM Sher Bahadur Deuba and Deputy PM Krishna Bahadur Mahara have a golden opportunity to promote Nepal’s potential in hydropower, agriculture, tourism and IT at this years UN General Assembly (‘DPM Mahara leaves for New York for UNGA’, September 18, Page 4). Indian PM Modi must take the opportunity to sell Indian tourism to the world and encourage national and multi-national companies to invest and manufacture in India. We all remember how well Modi spoke at the UNGA in 2015, and convinced them to designate June 21 as Yoga Day. PM Deuba and DPM Mahara could help Nepal’s tourism exceed this year’s one million visitors and one billion dollar revenue earnings by speaking positively about Nepal, Nepali cultures, Buddhist and Hindu philosophies. The UNGA would be a better platform than the hundreds of travel fairs in India that present Nepali tourism to the world. Also, like Jacob Zuma’s impromptu boogie, our duo PM and DPM should put on a Deuda dance to promote Nepali culture on the world stage.
LLGA FINALLY ENDORSED
The Legislative Parliament has finally endorsed the Local Level Governance Act (LLGA) on Tuesday. This endorsement has paved the way for the full fledged operation of elected local bodies (‘House endorses Local Level Governance Act’, September 20, Page 2). It will come into effect once the President authorises it but this act should have come into effect at the onset of local level elections so that elected local representatives in Provinces 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 could have implemented some development programmes, rather than carrying out only administrative work. This bill, registered in Parliament on May 12, has been pending due to differences among parties over a number of provisions. The Act has opened the door for two or more municipalities or rural municipalities to merge, as long as the majority of the councils from the respective local units is reached. They can be merged if they deem it necessary for financial or other reasons. In fact, the Local Level Restructuring Commission had argued for only 300 units to be economically viable. The bill has also authorised the local governments to change their names and administrative centres with a majority decision of the council. Also, the local level units are free to change the boundaries of the wards or upgrade them from rural municipalities to municipalities, if they fulfil the criteria set by the central government. The smallest unit among the three tiers of the government can set their own city police force, issue land owner certificates and even collect revenue on property, in addition to registering births, deaths and marriages. They are also allowed to levy taxes on house rent, entertainment, property and tourism. The Act, formulated in accordance with the spirit of new constitution, grants the local level units legislative, executive and judicial rights. Looking at the provisions of the act, the local level units will be able to independently run the village council using their executive, legislative and judicial rights. However, until elected representatives are fully aware of their roles and responsibilities, there will be a long way to go to fully exercise these rights.
- Rai Biren Bangdel, via e-mail
What is the point of cleaning the Bagmati river every week if we don’t penalise those who throw garbage in the river, and those who connect their sewerage system to it (‘8 tonne waste extracted from Bagmati’, September 3, Page 3)? Some people clean Bagmati on Saturdays, whereas other people pollute the river Sunday through Friday. Are people cleaning the river for the sake of publicity or is it for a long term solution, if not for a permanent one? Let us stop the childish game of polluting the rivers and take the responsibility of cleaning the river effectively. The best thing would be to stop creating the problem and beginning to solve it. Let us act like adults, not children!
- Poonam Nepal, via e-mail
Published: 22-09-2017 08:57