November 20: Twenty-three local governments have not yet submitted the details of the budget they presented for the current fiscal to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration. The local-levels are required to update the details of the annual budget in the central portal after it is endorsed by rural and municipal assemblies. The Local Government Operation Act, 2074 BS mandates the local governments to endorse the budget by mid-July.
Though four months have already passed since the beginning of the current fiscal year (FY 2023-24), a total of 23 local governments including 21 in the Madhesh Province have not updated the details in the system.
According to the ministry, it has already asked those local-levels many times for the submission of the details, but they are still awaiting the update. It is said budgets brought for some local levels have not been endorsed by the rural and municipal assemblies.
Chitwan's Rapti municipality’s chief administrative officer Nilam Kumar Neupane said the budget for the local government had been already passed but the entry in the federal system is waited while Tehrathum's Aathrai rural municipality’s administrative officer Niraj Sharma said the budget details have yet to be updated in the ministry's website.
Other municipalities that are yet to submit the budget details to the federal ministry include Kanchanrup municipality, Chhinnamasta rural municipality, Mahadeva rural municipality and Rupani Municipality in Saptari, Aurahi rural municipality and Bhagawanpur rural municipality in Siraha, Aurahi rural municipality and Kamala municipality in Dhanusha, Balara municipality, Haripurwa municipality and Chandranagar rural municipality in Sarlahi, Garuda municipality, Katahariya municipality, Gadhimai municipality, Phatuwa Bijaypur municipality, Madhabnarayan municipality, Maulapur municipality and Yamunamai rural municipality in Rautahat, Simraungadh municipality and Adarsha Kotwal rural municipality in Bara and Sakhuwa Prasauni rural municipality in Parsa. -- RSS