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Allowance increment proposal tabled in Province 3 Assembly

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At the time when the local governments are drawing flack from all quarters for raising taxes and focusing on their personal benefits, yet another proposal has been tabled in Province 3 for increasing the allowance of the elected representatives.

A provincial assembly committee has tabled a proposal suggesting a monthly salary of speaker Rs 53,000 deputy speaker and leader of the main opposition party Rs 50,000 respectively on Sunday.

If the proposal endorse, the speaker will get Rs 70,000 per month, including other perks and benefits while the deputy speaker will get Rs 59,750 in total.

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Likewise, a monthly allowance of Rs 49,000 has been proposed for chief whips of the ruling and opposition parties as well as the president of the federal affairs committee. Chief whips of other parties will get Rs 47,000 as monthly allowance if the proposal gets endorsed.

Similarly, the provincial assembly members will be entitled to get Rs 45,000 as per the proposal.

Members and officials of the provincial government will also be entitled to various other benefits, such as travel allowance and payment for their electricity and water bills.

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All programmes of Nepal Sambat New Year 1139 cancelled

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KATHMANDU— All the programmes to be organised on the occasion of the Nepal Sambat New Year 1139 have been cancelled due to the demise of pioneer of the Nepal Sambat movement, and leader of the Indigenous Nationalities movement and human rights movement, Padma Ratna Tuladhar.

All the programmes have been cancelled in honour of late Tuladhar. A meeting of Nepal Sambat Nhudah National Celebration Committee held today took the decision to this effect.

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A Main Celebration Programme had already been scheduled at Basantapur, Kathmandu, on November 8 on the occasion of Nepal Sambat 1139 New Year this year too as in the previous years. All programmes to be organised at different places on the same day have also been cancelled.

Coordinator of Newa Jagaran Manch, Sujib Bajracharya, said that the meeting also decided to organise all the cancelled programmes at suitable time after the 13th day of the demise of Tuladhar.

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