Kathmandu: The House of Representatives has concluded the deliberations on the government’s policies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year.
Responding to the lawmaker’s concerns in the house meeting during the discussions, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Debua called for cooperation from all to strengthen the democratic process.
He also thanked people and stakeholders for making the local level election successful and urged all not to generalize a couple of events during the election and doubt its credibility.
He also vowed to hold the federal and provincial parliament elections in a free and fearless manner later this year.
Earlier, putting his views on the government’s policies and programmes, CPN Maoist Centre chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal stressed the need for national unity to address the crisis seen in the country’s economy and politics.
UML lawmaker Gokarna Bista said the policy and programmes failed to duly address the issues of Nepali youths. Bista also stressed for reviewing the trend of foreign aid and suggested to work for bringing in technology and expertise.
UML’s Padma Kumari Aryal said the government was not working to implement the updated political map of Nepal. She also complained that the government had not accorded priority to agriculture sector in its policy and programmes.
Similarly, UML’s another lawmaker Krishna Bhakta Pokharel stated that the policy and programmes was mute on price hike on petroleum products.
Likewise, Nepali Congress’ Dr Dila Sangraula Pant asked the government to extend the existing timeframe on lodging complaints against the culprits of sexual violence.
NC’s Prakash Rasaili urged the government to make more investment in production sector while Dibyamani Rajbhandari termed the government’s policy and programmes as revolutionary, adding that the small and medium-sized industries should be promoted in the policy and programme.
Also putting his views on the policy and programmes, lawmaker Min Bahadur Bishwakarma argued that inflation could be managed though it could not be controlled.
Maoist Centre’s Dev Bahadur Gurung said the issues of implementation of federalism, emphasis on agriculture and industrial productions, infrastructure development and reform in tax system are positive points of the government’s policy and programmes.
Lawmaker Gurung was of the view that development of energy was needed as an alternative to petroleum products.
Maoist Centre’s lawmaker Gajendra Bahadur Mahat asked the government to provide grants to youth and farmers for increasing production of agriculture and animal husbandry.
Likewise, lawmaker Jayapuri Gharti laid emphasis on employment creation, mechanization of agriculture sector and priority of Nepali products by boosting investment in agriculture.
CPN (Maoist Centre) lawmaker Dil Kumari urged the government to resolve the issues of citizenship.
Likewise, CPN (Unified Socialist) MP Nira Devi Jairu drew attention of the government to properly implement the youth self-employment programmes. She also asked the government to reduce taxes on petroleum products to lower the prices of fuels.
Also speaking at the parliament, CPN (Unified Socialist) MP Parbati Kumari Bisunkhe complained that the policy and programmes has not mentioned anything about burgeoning food crisis.
Other MPs taking part in the policy and programmes include Sudan Kirati, Ganesh Singh Thagunna, Mina Subba, Goma Devkota, Kamala Roka, Laxmi Pariyar, Yeshoda Gurung Subedi, Mohan Baniya and others.