Budget session starts today; policies, programmes on May 3

Budget session starts today; policies, programmes on May 3

The budget session of the Parliament will start tomorrow at the International Convention Center at 4: 00 pm.

Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara informed a group of journalists today that if key masters of political parties wanted to talk during the joint session of Parliament tomorrow, he would provide them with a chance for the same or else he would give them time on May 3 while the government would present its policies and programmes.

The Parliament will discuss the government’s policies and programmes from May 3 to 12 and lawmakers may have a chance to question the concerned representative of the taking over the party.

Mahara recommended the main opposition party — Nepali Congress — to play the role of a constructive opposition in the Parliament.

He declared the passing of other bills would be on the back burner this budget session.

“I held talks with Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal lawmakers and agreed not to stall House proceedings before the appearance of the budge over non-disclosure of the Girish Chandra Lal Commission report,” said Mahara.

NC Whip in the home of Representatives Pushpa Bhusal criticized the KP Sharma Oli-led authorities for undermining the Parliament by not allowing the House to hold a pre-budget conversation before the presentation of the government’s policies and programmes.

“In the past, the government would develop its policies and programmes on the basis of pre-budget conversation, but this government believes it can pass anything in the House as it commands two-thirds most,” she said.

Bhusal additional that the NC would adopt lots of pressure tactics in the House to force the government to comply with parliamentary norms and the constitution.

She declared the speaker, who must have upheld parliamentary norms, was buckling under government stress. “This government has shown autocratic inclination by centralizing all powers in Singha Durbar and the Prime Minister’s Office,” she said. Bhusal additional that her party would also take the government to task for its bid to curtail press independence and its failure to control corruption and land grabbing.

Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal lawmaker Laxman Lal Karna and also Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal lawmaker Ram Sahay Yadav declared their party’s lawmakers would raise the issue of constitution amendment.

Karna declared his party would urge the government to render the Girish Chandra Lal Commission’s report public and seek withdrawal of false cases slapped against its masters and cadres.

Yadav declared his party would seek quick rehabilitation of tornado-hit citizens of Bara and Parsa districts.

“We need the government to table the amendment bill in this session of Parliament to amend the make-up,” Yadav said.

In the meantime, the Parliament Secretariat is ready to hold the budget session.

There are 46 bills in the Parliament for awareness; of the 46, 10 are being discussed by appropriate panels.

A spokesperson for the Parliament Secretariat Rojnath Pandey declared the budget session might pass crucial bills associated with the implementation of federalism.

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