Taskforce to ensure ministries devolve power to local level

- Post Report, Kathmandu
Secretary says there are still no executive officers in some 50 local units

Dec 2, 2017-At a time when the government has been criticised for delaying implementation of federalism, the Prime Minister’s Office has claimed to be working to ensure that ministries devolve powers of the local governments at the earliest.

The taskforce led by the chief secretary, with eight secretaries as members, has urged 22 ministries to share powers with the local federal units as provisioned in the constitution.

The Administrative Restructuring Section of the PMO said in a statement that the panel separately discussed with the ministries on November 27, 28 and 30 about implementation of a 20-point time-bound action plan for proper functioning of the local governments. The plan was endorsed on November 16. 

Secretary at the PMO Khagaraj Baral, who is the focal person of the taskforce, said there are still no executive officers in some 50 local units, accusing ministry officials’ “reluctance” to hand over the responsibilities to the local level.

Offices under the respective ministries, detailed plans and responsibilities, facilities, human resource, budget, programmes, and skill development plans are among the resources to be shared.

According to Prem Lal Lamichhane, under-secretary at the PMO section, the meeting decided to form separate taskforces at all the ministries under a joint-secretary with a representative from the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development for facilitating devolution of authority.

Published: 02-12-2017 07:42

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