At fiscal end, govt bids for pet projects

Kathmandu

Apr 29, 2018-

Two-and-a-half months before the end of fiscal year, the government is preparing to implement the controversial Constituency Infrastruc-ture Special Programme and the Constituency Development Programme.

On January 14, the Supreme Court had stopped implementation of these programmes overseen by the erstwhile lawmakers as new ones had already been elected under the new constitution. The SC decided to lift the stay about a month ago. “We are preparing to revise the regulation on implementation of these programmes. We plan to issue a notice inviting the lawmakers to propose projects,” said Dinesh Thapaliya, secretary at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Adminis-tration. The ministry plans to complete project selection by mid-May for implementing them immediately.

The ministry is implementing the schemes under pressure from lawmakers despite concern over possible misuse of funds and quality of works while rushing works.

A senior official at the ministry said they plan to implement projects selected under these programmes on multi-year contract so that resources would not be spent in haste fearing their freezing at the fiscal end. “The resources will directly reach the accounts of local units from the District Treasury Office in the form of grants,” said the official.

However, experts say bringing the “pet projects” of lawmakers under multi-year contract and committing them long-term resource could deprive nationally important projects of resources. “Haphazard selection of projects for multi-year contract without detailed project reports has contributed to parking of resources for non-starter projects,” said former finance secretary Shanta Raj Subedi. (PR)

Published: 29-04-2018 07:07

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