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NC disrupts house demanding probe into leaking budget

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party Nepali Congress on Monday obstructed four sequential meetings of the Legislature Parliament, demanding probe into leaking facts and figures of budget to media before the fiscal budget was presented in the House .

The main opposition party has also demanded Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel’s resignation on good grounds as information about the size of the budget and its priorities was disseminated a day before the budget was presented to Parliament.

The government on Saturday presented a Rs1048.92 billion budget, surpassing the Rs 909 billion ceiling set by the National Planning Commission.

Efforts of Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar to forge consensus between the ruling parties and the main opposition party fizzled, as the CPN-UML declined any probe into the holes.

When the Speaker started the meeting, the NC leaders demanded special time to speak. After the Speaker provided time to NC leader and former finance minister Ram Sharan Mahat to speak, he showed the newspaper that published the facts and figures of the budget before it was presented in the Parliament.

Mahat said that the budget broke the ceiling set by the National Planning Commission. This would invite financial disorder as the projects were proposed without research.

He said the Parliament had the prerogative of knowing the budget first and the leaks damaged the established norms and values of the parliamentary system.

Another NC leader and former finance minister Mahesh Acharya said during the third meeting, “All parties should be serious about the leaks, as it may cause serious consequence even in future. All parties should help maintain the dignity of the Parliament.”

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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