Kathmandu: A meeting of the House of Representatives discussed the principles and priorities of the Appropriation Bill for the upcoming fiscal year.
Taking part in the deliberation on Wednesday, the lawmakers stressed the need for bringing a concrete package for economic development in the country.
On the occasion, Nepali Congress Lawmaker Puspaa Bhushal said the upcoming budget should include the programmes and policies that would strengthen all three tiers of government.
She suggested/ the government include programmes and policies for rural development, job creation and self-reliance on agro-products in the upcoming budget.
She asked the government to include the programmes that would bring the educated women from the four walls of their houses and distribute sanitary pads for girls in schools and colleges.
CPN (UML) lawmaker Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai claimed that the principles and priorities of the Bill lacked a base for advancing towards the path of socialism. He added that the bill neglected the aspects relating to strengthening public health and education.
He sought the government’s attention towards an increment of capital expenditure by minimizing a trade deficit.
He was of the view of preventing a probable difficult situation for the nation’s economy.
Likewise, delivering on the government programmes and policies, CPN Maoist Centre Lawmaker Haribol Gajurel said the ruling and opposition parties should seriously discuss the matters to be included in the budget.
He stressed that political parties should seriously discuss the development modality of the country.
Likewise, CPN Unified Socialist Party Leader Jhalanath Khanal said the principal and priorities of the upcoming budget were not specific enough to reach people.
He asked the Finance Ministers to read section 4 of the constitution and include a programme of land management in the upcoming budget.
Similarly, Janata Samajbadi Party’s Lawmaker Dr Baburam Bhattarai stressed the need for modernizing the country’s agricultural sector.
The house meeting has been set for tomorrow as well.