Court order sought against Rs 50m dole plan

The Supreme Court was moved on Wednesday demanding intervention against the proposal to provide Rs 50 million to each of the elected Constituent Assembly members.

Advocate Khadka Bahadur Budathoki argues that if the sum under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) is provided to lawmakers, it might invite financial misappropriations besides burdening the national exchequer. The petitioner argues that providing such a large amount of money without a concrete plan will leave projects in chaos.

Defendants in the petition include Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of law, Legislature-Parliament Secretariat, Minister for Finance and other concerned ministries. The petition comes at a time when lawmakers from the ruling Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML have been pressing the government for raising the CDF cap from the existing Rs 1 million to Rs 50 million.

A joint meeting of NC’s Parliamentary Party and the Central Working Committee has already asked the government to allocate Rs 50 million each to 240 electoral constituencies under the CDF. The government will need an additional Rs 12 billion for the purpose.

Acting Prime Minister Bam Dev Gautam has told the House that the government was trying to address the lawmakers’ demand in the upcoming budget.

Source: eKantipur