While speaking at a conference titled ‘On the path to universal social protection in Nepal’, Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada mentioned that the state needs to enhance the capacity of every individual in the society.
“Social protection is a universally accepted concept in both capitalistic and socialistic societies,” he said.
He added that the government has been engaging in dialogue with all concerned stakeholders for timely adoption of social protection programs.
He also stated that development becomes scattered when members of society are exploited or are vulnerable. Khatiwada further said, “Hence, social justice is a prerequisite for development.”
While the Constitution has a provision ensuring the right to housing for every citizen, two million shelters need to be built to fulfill the provision. According to Minister Khatiwada, the government aims to make the country a welfare state in the medium term, where social justice and social harmony are ensured.