- Voice Of The People
Jan 12, 2018-Naming temporary capitals of seven provinces has been a headache for the government. Demonstrations by the local people demanding that their respective districts name the capitals of their provinces are being carried out in several parts of the country. The government has the constitutional responsibility of fixing temporary capitals until the respective state assemblies name their capitals. However, the government seems to be in dilemma when it comes to taking this step considering the sensitivity and emotions attached with this issue.
Nonetheless, the government does not seem to have other options besides naming the temporary venues at the earliest to help move along the process of federalisation soon after the completion of the national assembly election which is scheduled on February 7, 2018 (‘Govt to fix temp ‘meeting venues’, not state HQs’, January 10, Page 3). Earlier, the government was thinking of inviting all the provincial parliament members to Kathmandu to take their oaths. This was widely criticised as being against the spirit of federalism. It seems that the major parties did not do proper homework on several key issues concerning federalism, which is creating difficulties now. Allocating a budget to run local and provincial governments, assigning human resources, naming temporary capitals, appointing governors and identifying appropriate infrastructures are some of the crucial things which need immediate action. According to a recent article, the government is facing difficulty in securing a necessary budget to run the provincial governments. Looking at these worrisome situations, it seems that the federal structure for a poor country could be very expensive.
Rai Biren Bangdel,
While it may be worthwhile that the so-called Eminent Persons group is meeting yet another time in New Delhi to broach the relations between Nepal and India, current world order and the multi-polarity of international diplomacy far supersede the need for such a mechanism (‘5th EPG meet ends with positive gestures to end status quo of 1950 treaty’, October 7, TKP Online). Rather, let Nepal and India always live as they have: with open borders, open trade and inter-dependence. In a close review, Nepal lags behind in every sphere thanks to over indulgence and short sightedness of its leaders, while some from India’s political quarters revel in micromanaging Nepal affairs. In other words, there is equal footing but not even tempo in doing the bilateral tango.
Surya B Prasai,
It is very disheartening to see our leaders creating a fuss post-elections. The people had high hopes that the leaders would show some leadership qualities and drive the nation towards peace and prosperity in the aftermath of the elections. However, the leaders have yet again disappointed the voters by reverting to their old habits. The leaders seem to be hell bent on securing their positions and fulfilling vested interests at the cost of the people and the nation. The latest chaos over the issue of where the temporary headquarters of the provinces are going to be is a case in point (‘UML, NC at odds over fixing provincial capitals, governors’, December 14, TKP Online). As mentioned earlier, such headquarters are temporary ones which can be amended by the provincial assemblies any time after they are formed. It is as simple as that but this issue has virtually brought the latest political development to a standstill. There is no point in making this issue a big deal and leaving other important issues behind. The need of the hour is to form a new government as soon as possible and work together so that the new constitution gets implemented and institutionalised. Therefore it would be prudent of leaders and cadres alike to understand this and make headway to a bright future sooner rather than later.
Rupak Raj Khanal,
Published: 12-01-2018 07:54