Coalition partners CPN-UML and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) have slammed ruling Nepali Congress party for announcing the budget without holding prior consultations with them during today’s parliament session of budget discussion.
Speaking on the occasion, UML lawmaker and former Finance Minister Surendra Pandey termed the budget unilateral and criticized Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat for not consulting UML leaders.
Panday blamed Minister Mahat of disregarding the tradition of holding consultation with coalition partners during budget preparations and prior to its announcement. “During my tenure as finance minister I had held discussions on budget formulation with NC leaders who were our coalition partners in the then government. Minister Mahat did not inform about the agendas in the budget before presenting it on Tuesday,” Panday said.
NC also came under heavy fire from UML lawmakers for undermining the contribution of communist leader Madan Bhandari by announcing to open a trauma center under the name of Bhandari and NC Baglung lawmaker Hari Khadka, who passed away in an accident.
Also speaking on the occasion, RPP lawmakers also charged the government of not involving them in budget preparation and addressing their concerns.
UCPN (Maoist) leader Baburam Bhattarai said that the budget announced by Minister Mahat will not help the country in attaining a developing country status by 2022.
The discussions on the budget , which began at 11:30, will conclude after eight hours time due to time constraint as lawmakers are heading to their respective constituencies to collect public opinions on the preliminary draft of constitution.
Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat will then answer the questions of lawmakers after completing the discussions.
Mahat presented Rs819 billion budget for the next fiscal year with focus given to reconstruction, rehabilitation, infrastructure development and balanced regional development.
The advance budget will be approved by the parliament during tomorrow’s meet. The approval will allow the government to carry out its day-to-day expenditure from the state treasury.