KATHMANDU, July 4 – Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala Wednesday suggested what he calls feudalistic elements to leave the country before the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.
Addressing the parliament prior to the unveiling of the government’s annual policies and programmes at the Interim Legislature-Parliament, the PM called for the CA elections slated for November 22 to be taken as a “revolution”.
Alluding to the palace, PM Koirala said, “Old relics of feudalism must either disappear from within the nation or walk away from it before the election to the Constituent Assembly,” adding, “The Constituent Assembly polls, which will lead the nation towards a new era, will be a revolution.”
Govt unveils new fiscal policies, programmes
After the short speech by PM Koirala, Minister for Peace and Reconstruction, Ram Chandra Poudel read out the government’s 45-point policies and programmes for the new fiscal year on behalf of the Prime Minister.
The programmes publicised today mention that all resources of the state will focus on holding the CA polls on November 22 and that the polls will usher in a “new age.”
The points also include the formation of a National Reconfiguration Commission to prepare a modality for the transformation of Nepal into a federal state, a monitoring mechanism to implement the peace accord and the preparation of a special programme to step up reconstruction and reestablishment.
The programme also incorporates a common national concept paper for economic and social transformation and the implementation of a three-year interim work plan and formation of infrastructures for scientific land reform.
It also includes a detailed work plan for the democratization of the Nepal Army, its deployment for development works and to fully equip the police and intelligence bodies in order to stabilize and strengthen the law and order situation in the country.
The government today also expressed commitment towards national restructuring and reconstruction, provision of relief to the victims of the conflict, increment in the salaries of civil employees, formation of a security task force to provide official security, nationalization of late King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya’s property and setting up of a trust to nationalize national parks taken up by King Gyanendra in his capacity as the head of state.
Presented by PM Koirala, the government unveiled its policies and programmes for the next fiscal year at today’s sitting of parliament for the first time since the Maoist rebels joined the interim parliament and government. A core group of ministers had finalised the paper on Tuesday.
Earlier, the king, as the head of state, used to announce the government’s policies and programmes. The new fiscal year begins from the Nepali month of Shrawan (July 17).