Prime Minister Dahal – Radio Nepal

Saljan: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said the federal government will directly transfer small projects worth less than Rs 30 million to local and provincial governments to further strengthen federalism.

Inaugurating the newly constructed administrative building of Darma Rural Municipality in Salyan District today, Prime Minister Dahal said the government continues to strengthen federalism as it considers changes in policy and budget schedule for the coming fiscal year.

According to him, the current government has decided to put an end to duplication of projects and directly hand over small projects costing less than R30 million to the provincial or local government.

He was convinced that these measures would further strengthen the federal democratic-republican system.

Stating that the implementation of federalism is the most important point of his program since taking over the leadership of the government for the third time, the Prime Minister informed that two meetings of the National Coordination Council had been convened, at which important decisions were made.

He argued that if local governments could effectively practice federalism, significant work could be carried out in areas of strategic importance and service flow, such as natural resource conservation and multi-faceted resource mobilization, empowering the rural economy and improving social indicators among others.

Prime Minister Dahal expressed confidence that the proper use of exclusive and concurrent rights by all three-tier governments will qualitatively contribute to the revival of the rural economy and the development of the national economy.

On the other hand, he called on local authorities and citizen representatives to take action to strengthen citizens’ bonds and sense of belonging to the state, because – in his opinion – the image of the government among ordinary citizens is shaped thanks to the efficient and flexible public service delivery.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister pledged to take necessary initiatives to resurface roads connecting Rolpa, Salyan, Rukum Paschim, Jajarkot, Humla and Rara Lake in Mugu district.

He further informed that a special program will be implemented to recognize Darma as a milk pocket area through the Dairy Cooperative.

He assured that the federal government will pay special attention to, among others, for the construction of shelters for earthquake victims in Jajarkot, electrification, modernization and commercialization of agriculture and animal husbandry, provision of basic health care services and a fiscal equalization grant.

He expressed hope that after the Truth and Reconciliation Act comes into force, it will be easier to permanently solve real estate problems reported by residents of Rolpa, Rukum, Salyan and Jajarkot counties.

The Prime Minister also promised that due consideration would be given to issues related to, among others, honoring conflict victims, compensation for conflict victims and their families, and education of victims’ children.

He expressed gratitude to Salyan County for its qualitative contribution to the country’s transformational movements and to Darma Rural Municipality for its solidarity for transformational policies and leadership.