Policy and annual program 2022/23: Here are 15 highlights not to be missed
Kathmandu, May 24
President Bidya Devi Bhandari, on behalf of the Government of Nepal, on Tuesday presented the annual policy and program for the upcoming financial year 2022/23.
In her nearly two-hour address to the joint meeting of the two chambers of the federal parliament, the President, as in previous years, set out dozens of promises in the form of government policy and program.
Following the same policy and the same annual program, the government will table the budget plan for the next fiscal year next Sunday.
Here are some of the key promises made by the President today:
1. Plan for the transformation of Nepal into a developing country
The President said that the government will prepare a concrete plan to prepare Nepal to become a developing country in line with the mandate of the United Nations.
While focusing on economic growth, the president says the government will control inflation to some extent.
The government says the new policy and program are focused on implementing the spirit of federalism.
2. New Development Law
The government plans to formulate a new development to solve the problems appearing in the development process and capital expenditure. Similarly, the government will make the necessary changes to public procurement laws to facilitate the development process.
3. Restarting factories
The president said the government would restore various factories in different industries that had been closed for years.
The government says it will make efforts to reform the public services and if that is not possible, they will be dissolved.
4. Agricultural development
The government will develop a new agricultural policy that will emphasize its modernization, mechanization and adaptation to the climate, among other aspects.
Efforts will be made to make local units self-sufficient for seeds while producing climate-friendly seeds. The government will ensure that chemical fertilizers are available.
5. PM Employment Project Restructure
The government says it will restructure the Prime Minister’s employment program. The project has been controversial in recent years.
Young people will be encouraged to work in Nepal instead of going abroad.
6. Promotion of Nepalese products
The President also announces that a new Nepalese production project of the Prime Minister will start the next fiscal year. Similarly, various other initiatives will be taken to promote products made in Nepal.
She says the government will celebrate a whole decade as Nepal’s Decade of Promotion of Production and Consumption.
7. Automated Fuel Pricing System
The president said the government would develop an automated, science-based fuel pricing system.
8. Nijgadh Airport and Expressway
The government says it will finalize the development and investment models for the ambitious Nijgadh International Airport. The government announces that construction work on the airport will start in the financial year 2023/24.
Similarly, the government will ensure that the Kathmandu-Terai expressway comes into service on schedule.
Airlines will be encouraged to fly from new international airports outside of Kathmandu.
9. Kathmandu Outer Ring Road
The government will go ahead with the outer ring road project in Kathmandu. Pedestrian sidewalks will be widened in the Kathmandu Valley.
10. Promotion of hydroelectricity
The government will establish more large-capacity hydropower projects. The government will build the Budhigandaki hydropower project with its own investments.
In order to ensure a steady supply of electricity, the government will also promote domestic electricity consumption and foreign trade. The use of electric vehicles and electric stoves will be encouraged. For this, the electricity tariff will be reviewed.
President Bhandari said the government will also involve the private sector in power trading.
11. Fight against deforestation
The government will aim to reduce the rate of deforestation to 0 by 2030. Similarly, carbon emissions will also be reduced. The government says it will adopt a policy of balance between environment and development.
Community forest management will be linked to production and employment. Efforts will be made to reduce human-wildlife conflicts. All infrastructure will be made wildlife-friendly.
12. International stadium in each province
The government says it will start building an international stadium in each province with training facilities. Similarly, BK Koirala Sports Village will be developed at Gaindakot of Nawalpur.
13. Prison reforms
The government will launch a program of prison reform. Efforts will be made to reduce the number of inmates in overcrowded prisons. Likewise, an open prison concept will be developed.
14. Citizenship law reform
The government says it will go ahead with the bill amending the citizenship law based on political consensus. Likewise, the distribution of the national identity card and civil status.
Institutional arrangements will be made to complete the outstanding tasks of the peace process.
The process of obtaining the e-passport will be facilitated while non-resident Nepalese will be provided with a digital identity card.
15. Medical School in PM District
The government’s plan calls for a new medical college to be established in Dadeldhura, which is Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s home district.
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