Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat has claimed that the matter of allocating Rs 50 million to the Constituent Assembly (CA) members was not true as has been publicized.
Accepting a 14-point memorandum of Young Communist League (YCL), the youth wing of UCPN (Maoist) at his office on Tuesday, Finance Minister Mahat made it clear that although provisions have been made for allocating some budget under the heading of constituency development, he was against directly giving the amount to the CA members.
“Providing additional amount would create more anomalies at a time when even Rs one million provided in the name of MPs’ Development Fund is not being utilized properly,” said Minister Mahat, according to YCL Kathmandu Valley Coordinator Ram Prasad Sapkota.
The YCL memorandum demands end of unemployment, grant loans at concessional interest rate based on educational qualification, provide 50 percent unemployment allowance based on the salary of a junior employee working at a government office and stop the misuse of state coffer.
The delegation, led by YCL president and CA member Ganesh Man Pun, urged the Finance Minister to bring a pro-people budget that is capable of institutionalizing the process of political change.
Finance Minister Mahat, while taking in positive light with the YCL’s request, gave assurances that he was working to bring a budget that is youth-friendly and capable of pushing ahead economic growth and development.
The YCL had objected to a recent positive overture of Nepali Congress parliamentary board and central working committee to provide Rs 50 million to every CA member for their respective electoral constituency’s development.