May 22: Lawmakers have pressed for ensuring programmes in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year that address their basic needs and are easily accessible to the people.
Taking part in the deliberations on the principles and priorities of the Appropriation Bill for Fiscal Year 2022-23 on Friday, the MPs urged the government to take the existing economic crisis into consideration while announcing programmes in the new budget.
Dev Prasad Timilsina demanded easy access to medical care for people with chronic and complicated health issues.
Yagyaraj Sunuwar said that his party CPN (UML) was well aware of the economic condition of the nation and was serious about it. Therefore, the main opposition party decided to end the house obstruction, said Sunuwar.
Chhakka Bahadur Lama advised to give priorities to the agriculture sector as well as rural development and backward areas in the budget and to strengthen social justice.
Meena Subba was of the view that the country could become self-sufficient on food provided that the farmers were ensured seeds, fertilizers and other facilities on right time.
She echoed the need of increasing budget in the sectors of health and education, urging the finance minister to address the suggestions of lawmakers in regard.
Rangamati Shahi spoke the need of increasing investment in productive sector and claimed that genuine farmers were deprived of government subsidy. “So the budget should address this issue and lay its focus on job creation by implementing entrepreneurship programmes.”
Nepali Congress lawmaker Bharat Kumar Shah said the economy is not in bad shape and in crisis as it has been potrayed. He drew the attention of the government to take steps taking into account the sensitivity of the situation.
"We are in the danger zone due to high imports, but we are not in trouble yet," he remarked.
Jayapuri Gharti of the CPN (Maoist Center) stressed on the need of prioritizing industries, tourism, agriculture, health and education sectors in the budget.
Shekh Chandtara of the same party said the economy is facing crisis due to the wrong policy adopted by the past governments and it was wrong to squarely blame the incumbent finance minister for all this.
CPN (UML)'s Krishna Prasad Dahal said that the priorities and principles of the budget should be implementable, and more budget should be allocated to the local levels. -- RSS