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Finance Minister Khatiwada presents current picture of nation’s economy

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KATHMANDU — Finance Minister Dr Yubaraj Khatiwada has pointed out economic challenges facing the country due to various causes.

Blaming the lack of proper capital mobilisation in part for economic challenges, he stated some difficulties in budget expenditure.

“Big projects fail to be completed in stipulated time, and for estimated costs. Distribution-oriented programmes have surpassed productive ones,” he said.

He also stressed the need for all to help achieve the goal set by the government to upgrade the country to the list of developing one by 2022.

He pointed out failure in making industry sector competitive, while identifying additional challenges alongside shrinkage in investment in employment and production sectors.

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“Industries established by the government are in loss. Problem of unemployment is growing in Nepal’s labour market. Fiscal mobilization is yet to reach rural areas,” the Finance Minister added.

Stating that domestic capital market was just limited to securities, he said the entire nation’s economy had become import-oriented. Allocation of budget without proper plan and the trend of spending capital budget at the eleventh hour of the fiscal remained as challenges in the economic sector.

“Huge budget has been invested to operate a pension fund.”

As stated by the Finance Minister, the government has not got price (results) for its investment in public enterprises and it is yet to pay them for the management of employees’ salary and for operation of the retirement fund.

He was of the view of proper development and utilization of information technology to attain economic progress.

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NOC hikes fuel price

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Oil Corporation has yet again increased fuel price with effect from Tuesday.

The NOC has raised price of petrol by two rupees per litre while diesel and kerosene by three rupees per litre each.

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With this adjustment, petrol will cost Rs 114 per litre, while diesel and kerosene will cost Rs 101 per litre each, according to NOC.

However, NOC has not adjusted price of liquefied petroleum gas and aviation turbine fuel.

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