NA members press government for easy and accessible transport

07/03/2019

Kathmandu, July 3: The National Assembly members have sought the government’s special attention towards the guarantee of easy and accessible transport facility along with the elimination of a syndicate system. Airing the views during the deliberations on the several headings of the Appropriation Bill- 2076 BS in a session of the Upper House today, they drew the government’s attention to the issue. Badri Prasad Pandey said the social security scheme covered only one district (Kailali), out of nine, in the Far-western State, and the contribution-based social security programme had only 25,000 employers, though it was said that it would have 100,000 employers. The deliberations were focused on headings relating to the ministries of labour, employment and social security; physical infrastructure and transport; energy, water resources and irrigation; education, science and technology; foreign affairs and home ministry. It was unfortunate that 17 probable strategic road programmes were for Dhanusha while Bajura had none of them, Pandey said. He was of the view that the Budhigandaki Project was left in limbo and the energy sector was yet to come out from the clutches of water mafia. The education sector which should be creative had no programmes of such nature. “Diplomacy has not been effective, the foreign visits of the president and prime minister could not be successful and a big mistake in the BIMSTEC had changed the perception of neigbours towards Nepal,” he claimed. Lawmaker Dr Bimala Poudyal called for implementing the recommendations of the lawmaker Som Prasad Pandeya-led talks team constituted by the government to hold talks with the various renegade groups in the Tarai Madhes and bring them on peaceful political path. She said much more reforms were needed in the transport sector, demanding to make transport easily accessible and taking up concrete steps for road safety. Lawmaker Poudyal called for making provisions for providing reservation to women to make the investment by women under the "People's Water, People's Investment" programme secure, for adopting the policy of safe migration for the people going for abroad work and for formulation of a national policy regarding sending people on foreign employment. She also suggested to the government to make policy for having a uniform education and taking forward the community school reform as a campaign. Lawmaker Ram Lakhan Chamar demanded that the students from the dalit and underprivileged communities should be provided free education. He also demanded making provision of adequate water supply in the Tarai/Madhes. Thagendra Prasad Puri, Udaya Sharma Poudel and Khim Kumar Bishwakarma stressed on the need of providing prompt relief to the conflict-affected people. The National Assembly will next meet at 11 am on July 4. RSS

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