Pres­i­dent un­veils am­bi­tious pol­icy and pro­grammes

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Pres­i­dent Bidya Devi Bhanadri un­veiled the an­nual pol­icy and pro­grammes of the pow­er­ful com­mu­nist govern­ment led by K P Sharma Oli on Mon­day. How­ever, the doc­u­ment does not in­clude any spe­cific pro­gramme of the com­mu­nists. In­stead, it ap­pears to be the con­ti­nu­ity of the past pro­grammes of the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments. Even the main op­po­si­tion party in the par­lia­ment, the Nepali Con­gress, did not crit­i­cise the doc­u­ment, which looks prac­ti­cal and as ex­pected by the peo­ple. Fi­nance Min­is­ter Dr Yuba Raj Khati­wada seemed to have worked hard to avoid many of the pro­grammes which could not be im­ple­mented. The doc­u­ment also does re­flect the strength of the govern­ment that it en­joys nearly a two-thirds ma­jor­ity. Al­though some of the tar­gets of doc­u­ment like achiev­ing the growth of two-digit, dou­bling the per capita in­come of the Nepalis, mak­ing Nepal self reliant in agro-prod­ucts and end­ing the prac­tice preva­lent among youths to fly over­seas as mi­grant work­ers look am­bi­tious, they can be achieved if the govern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor work in close co­or­di­na­tion. Like­wise, the govern­ment has tar­geted to pro­duce 5,000 MW power in five years and 15,000 MW in 10 years. The govern­ment has also an­nounced to com­plete the con­struc­tion of the Kath­mandu-Ni­j­gadh fast track, postal high­way and mid-hill high­way in five years and build a fourth ex­press high­way—Madan Bhan­dari High­way -- from Shanti­na­gar of Jhapa to Ru­pal of Dadeld­hura. The govern­ment has made ‘Pros­per­ous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ its longterm goal while pro­vid­ing equal op­por­tu­nity, right, se­cu­rity and dig­nity will be guar­an­teed to all cit­i­zens. Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment, the fed­eral govern­ment will pay at­ten­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of prov­inces and lo­cal lev­els, to em­power them and to en­hance their ef­fec­tive­ness and dig­nity. “All three lev­els - fed­er­a­tion, prov­ince and lo­cal - were full of au­thor­ity and all have com­mon re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and du­ties be­queathed by the time,” the Pres­i­dent said while un­veil­ing the doc­u­ment in the joint ses­sion of the par­lia­ment on Mon­day. “All or­gans, en­ti­ties, struc­tures, and in­sti­tu­tions of the state were de­ter­mined to em­power the peo­ple and to build a pros­per­ous and mod­ern Nepal.” The govern­ment also hinted it would not tol­er­ate any forces which try to dis­turb com­mu­nal har­mony and na­tional in­te­gra­tion. “The ex­pres­sions and ac­tiv­i­ties ap­pear­ing in dif­fer­ent forms aim at dis­rupt­ing so­cial har­mony and even ques­tion­ing na­tional in­tegrity are not only un­ac­cept­able but also pun­ish­able,” the Pres­i­dent said. The Pres­i­dent said that ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at weak­en­ing of na­tional unity, dis­hon­or­ing of na­tional in­tegrity in any form and pre­text, and dis­parag­ing pa­tri­o­tism could not be tol­er­ated un­der any cir­cum­stance. In so­cial sec­tor, the govern­ment has com­mit­ted to mak­ing ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion com­pul­sory and free, end all kinds of vi­o­lence against women and es­tab­lish a 15bed hospi­tal in each lo­cal level. Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment, Nepal’s for­eign re­la­tions will re­main bal­anced and re­spon­si­ble based on the prin­ci­ples of the United Na­tions Char­ter, the Pan­chasheel, in­ter­na­tional or the­matic mul­ti­lat­eral/ bi­lat­eral agree­ments and covenants. Stat­ing that the govern­ment has fol­lowed the pol­icy of strength­en­ing na­tional unity by nur­tur­ing good­will based on so­cial and cul­tural equal­ity and tol­er­ance by earnestly recog­nis­ing the coun­try’s eth­nic, lin­guis­tic, reli­gious, cul­tural and ge­o­graph­i­cal di­ver­si­ties, Pres­i­dent Bhan­dari main­tained that ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at weak­en­ing of na­tional unity, dis­hon­or­ing of na­tional in­tegrity in any form and pre­text, and dis­parag­ing pa­tri­o­tism could not be tol­er­ated un­der any cir­cum­stance. “We are aware of Nepal’s sovereignty and na­tional in­ter­ests. We take pride on our his­tory that never ac­cepted any­one’s dom­i­na­tion. Rich his­tory and fun­da­men­tals lie be­hind our na­tional pride,” said Bhan­dari, adding that as a truly in­de­pen­dent and sov­er­eign na­tion, the coun­try was in­de­pen­dent in its do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional pol­icy, de­ci­sion and role. The govern­ment will un­veil its bud­get on the ba­sis of the pol­icy and pro­grammes on com­ing Tues­day.

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