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Prez Bhandari presents Govt’s policy and program

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has presented the government’s annual policy and program at the House for the next fiscal year 2016/17 on Sunday.

PM KP Sharma Oli had handed over a copy of the policy and program to the President while the Parliament meeting began.

The President said local polls be held between mid-November and mid-December this year.

The government has aimed to include Sustainable Development Goals in its development policies and programs declaring the next fiscal year as ‘beginning toward prosperity’ and the next five years as the ‘time of development’.

President Bhandari pointed out implementation of the Constitution and federalism including amendment to existing laws and formation of new ones as a priority.

Likewise, she said the government would speed-up post-quake reconstruction efforts and complete rebuilding of all individual residences within two years. The government would provide subsidised loans for the same.

The government offices, schools and buildings of archaeological importance would also be rebuilt with a priority.

Likewise, the government would introduce ‘One Home: One Employment’ program to promote employment as a component of social security.

While creating sufficient opportunities of employment in the domestic market, the government would gradually decrease dependence on foreign employment.

The government has also prioritised public-private partnership as of last years.

Likewise, the government would strive to make the nation independent on livestock production. For this, subsidised loans to farmers and establishment of slaughterhouse will be prioritised.

The government would encourage forest-based forestry. It would convert barren lands into forests. Employment opportunities will be sought in forest areas.

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The government would make a master plan for conservation of the Chure region.

The government would establish big industrial zones in all provinces within next three years and the process would begin the next fiscal.

The government would stress implementation of the new Commerce Policy for promotion of the national commerce.

The government would manage market monitoring and supply system. A Market Monitoring Office would be established in each of the provinces.

Petroleum reserve stations would be established in various places so as to suffice the domestic demands for proteum products for at least 90 days.

The government has also mentioned generation of 10,000 megawatt hydropower within next 10 years. Completion of under-construction hydropower has also been kept as a priority.

The government would establish at least one reservoir-based hydropower project in each of the provinces as possible.

Beginning her address, the President had said the new Constitution promulgated in September last year institutionalised various achievements of democratic movements including republicanism, federalism, secularism and fundamental rights.

She added that the Constitution concluded struggles for democratic political and civil rights.

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Oli, Dahal hold discussion on party unification and govt expansion

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli held talks with CPN-MC Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ at the former’s residence in Balkot today.

During the meeting that lasted for around 1.5 hours, matters relating to the unification between the two parties and the CPN-MC’s participation in the government were discussed.

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In his comments following the meeting, Maoist Chair Prachanda said the talks in regards to the unification were held positively and efforts are on to announce the unification soon.

The Prime Minister’s press coordinator Chetan Adhikari said the two chairs met on the eve of the meeting of the party unification coordination committee scheduled for tomorrow.

The PUCC meeting tomorrow will discuss the issue of party unity and government participation at length, and two chairs discussed the same matter today.

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