Gov­ern­ment un­veils five months' achieve­ments only to thwart pub­lic crit­i­cism

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Amidst grow­ing pub­lic crit­i­cism for its poor per­for­mance, the gov­ern­ment this week un­veiled the achieve­ments it made in five months in of­fice in a bid to thwart pub­lic crit­i­cism.

In a lengthy book made pub­lic on Mon­day, the gov­ern­ment has in­cluded a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a few unim­por­tant ones, as its achieve­ments. Nor­mally, the gov­ern­ment makes its progress pub­lic in 100 days, six months and a year. But the present two-thirds ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment led by KP Oli un­veiled its achieve­ments of five months, prob­a­bly in a bid to calm the pub­lic out­cry. The 78-page book bear­ing a por­trait of Prime Min­is­ter Oli in the front page, how­ever, was printed on July 17, but was launched only on Au­gust 13. This sug­gests that the gov­ern­ment pre­pared the re­port to tell the pub­lic about its works car­ried in last fis­cal year.

It ar­gued that the gov­ern­ment made sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments to­wards eco­nomic pros­per­ity with vis­i­ble progress in good gover­nance, in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, eco­nomic ad­min­is­tra­tion, en­ergy de­vel­op­ment and so­cial sec­tors such as ed­u­ca­tion, health and post-quake re­con­struc­tion.

The gov­ern­ment high­lighted its achieve­ments and pre­sented the fu­ture roadmap for next five years.

It in­cluded the test­ing of the Janakpur-Jayana­gar rail­way line, black-top­ping of the Narayan­garh-Mugling road, progress made at the con­struc­tion of Kalanki-Kotesh­wor Ring Road Ex­pan­sion project, com­ple­tion of 70 bridges at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions and im­ple­men­ta­tion of lock­ing sys­tem in the petrol tankers, among other as im­por­tant achieve­ments. How­ever, the fact is that works on these projects had be­gun years ago. Sim­i­larly, con­struc­tion of ICP at the Nepal-In­dia bor­der in Bir­gunj, land bought for pe­tro­leum stor­age in Bat­tar of Nuwakot dis­trict, Aanbu Khaireni of Tanahun dis­trict and Kavrepalan­chowk and Lal­it­pur dis­trict and the 6-km tun­nel con­struc­tion at Bheri-Babai ir­ri­ga­tion project are also listed in the progress re­port.

Like­wise, reg­u­lar ad­min­is­tra­tion works, like ad­di­tion of the in­land rev­enue of­fices, op­er­a­tion of the TIA for 21 hours a day and prepa­ra­tions be­ing made to cel­e­brate Visit Nepal Year 2020 are also listed.

The gov­ern­ment has an­nounced tar­gets for 12 sec­tors which it would achieve in the next five years.

It in­cludes dou­bling the per capita in­come which is 1004 US dol­lars cur­rently, 5,000 megawatt elec­tric­ity, enough em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the coun­try so as to stop youth mi­gra­tion, dou­bling agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity, black topped road to the head­quar­ters of ev­ery lo­cal body, and a 15-bed hos­pi­tal in each lo­cal unit.

Sim­i­larly, com­ple­tion of Bhaira­hawa Air­port within a year, com­pul­sory and free fun­da­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion to all chil­dren, com­ple­tion of Kath­mandu--

Tarai Fast Track, Dhara­hara and Ra­nipokhari and open­ing bank ac­count of all cit­i­zens are also the tar­get of the present gov­ern­ment. Sim­i­larly, the gov­ern­ment stated that it be­came suc­cess­ful in dis­man­tling the or­ag­nised crime in the coun­try. The crack­down on the gold smug­glers and syndicate in pub­lic trans­porta­tion has been por­trayed as the big­gest achieve­ments in five months. How­ever, the re­port may have a lit­tle im­pact on pub­lic who have not been happy with the per­for­mance of the gov­ern­ment. In­stead, the progress re­port could be an added is­sue to make mock­ery of the gov­ern­ment.

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