January 22: The National Planning Commission (NPC) is preparing to introduce National Grant Policy following the ineffectiveness of millions of rupees poured by the government as grants in the agriculture, health, education and employment sectors.
The new policy will address the problems of grant duplication seen in the three tiers of government. It will also ensure that the grants distributed by the government reach the targeted groups, which is a major concern at present.
The NPC has started homework to prepare the new policy within three months.
The NPC has formed a talks team headed by its member Dr Dil Bahadur Gurung to discuss the issue with 15 ministries directly involved in grants distribution.
Gurung said that the 15 ministries have been spending billions of rupees as grants but the move has not been effective to bring about any substantial changes.
“We have already started our homework to make the grant distribution process more transparent and result oriented,” said Gurung.