It’s a nice essay but nothing substantial, said chief opposition party NC’s leader Sher Bahadur deuba about the government’s program and policies document.
With an aim to take the peace process to a logical end, the Maoist-led government today publicized its policies and programmes. Brining out new constitution on time (within two years) is hight on the list of commitments. President Ram Baran Yadav read out the policies and programmes for the fiscal year 2065/66 at the Constituent Assembly (CA). The 84-point document promises to write the statute in coordination with all political parties within the specified time. “The government’s principal responsibility is to assist in taking the peace process to a logical end, turning the socio-economic transformation towards a progressive direction and writing the federal democratic constitution, as per the people’s aspirations, within specified time,” said the document.
The government has also put forwarded an ambitious target of increasing the economic growth rate formulating a ‘transitional economic policy’, along with the constitution-drafting process. To reach the goal, the document said, the government would stress on judicious distribution system, public-private partnership and infrastructure development. The government programmes include running peace campaign across the nation to maintain political stability for the economic transformation. For this, the coordination among the parties will be further expanded to lessen reduce differences among the parties in local level. “As per the provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA), a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and another commission for the search of the disappeared and publicising their whereabouts will be formed soon.”
Regarding the foreign policy, the government will emphasise on the ties with neighbouring countries—India and China, and with other countries, the economic diplomacy will be the focal point.
The government will arrange a distribution system for easy and smooth supply of daily essential commodities. Similarly, the programmes emphasise on the institutional development of the federal democratic republic, inviting the armed groups active in the Terai for talks, implementation of the agreements made by the government with various groups in the past and sorting out the issue of PLA integration and rehabilitation within six months.
The salaries of the government employees will be increased.