Kathmandu, May 13: Lawmakers attending the meeting of the House of Representatives today raised their voice on various current issues.
Putting his view at discussions on the principles and priorities of the Appropriation Bill (except tax proposal), Lawmaker NCP Bishnu Poudel stressed the need for amending the public procurement act.
Likewise, NC lawmaker Dr Minendra Rijal pointed out that capital expenditure has become low in the 10 months in the current fiscal year of 2018/19 as compared to the same period last year. He also accused the government of centralising budget in the name of the national pride projects and of trying to limit the press.
Lawmaker, Prem Suwal charged the government with encouraging the plotting of arable lands and failing to accessibly distribute agricultural loans.
Lawmaker, Janardan Sharma emphasised on good governance and transparency to sustain socialism- oriented economic development, while pointing out agriculture as a way to reduce the trade deficit.
Similarly, Lawmaker Umesh Shrestha suggested using development expenditure in full fledges to reduce the trade deficit.
Meanwhile, Lawmakers on today’s meeting of National Assembly have insisted that the budget for the coming fiscal year should prioritise people with disabilities, the indigenous nationalities, Dalits, women and marginalized communities.
Taking part in the discussions on the principles and priorities of the Appropriation Bill (except tax proposal) in the meeting of the National Assembly, today, the lawmakers also stressed that development, construction and industrialization issues should be given priority in the upcoming budget.
Meantime, Finance Minister Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada has said various works have been done to execute fiscal federalism in a short one year period of government formation.
Responding to queries of lawmakers in course of discussion on the principles and priorities of appropriation bill 2076/76 today, he made it clear that budget would be oriented towards implementing federalism.
He further said the budget for the upcoming fiscal year would be formulated so as to link government, private and cooperatives sectors for the prosperity of all three sectors.