Govt’s policies and programmes of recent fiscal year unveiled

Govt’s policies and programmes of recent fiscal year unveiled

President Bidya Devi Bhandari unveiled the government’s annual policies and programmes for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the joint session of the Federal Parliament on Monday.
Presenting the policies and programmes in the parliament, President Bhandari expressed the commitment of the government to making Nepal a prosperous and developed nation within a decade.
“The government has taken a solemn national pledge to establish Nepal, known in the world by the height of Mount Everest and Apostle of Peace Gautam Buddha, on a pedestal of a dignified and prosperous identity within a decade,” she stated.
She further said that the ideals of the government would be attainment of full democracy, good governance, an accountable state and building a society that is corruption-free, civilised, cultured and strongly duty-bound.
The government is committed to the fundamental values of democracy, multi-party competitive polity, periodic elections, principles of separation of power, checks and balances, independent judiciary, human rights and fundamental rights, Bhandari added.
“Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ will be our long-term goal. Ordinary Nepali citizens will be at the centre of every activity of this government. Equal opportunities, rights, security and dignity will be guaranteed to all citizens,” she said.
Stating that all three levels – federation, province and local- were full of authority and all have common responsibilities and duties bequeathed by the time, the President said that all organs, entities, structures and institutions of the state were determined to empower the people and to build a prosperous and modern Nepal.
According to her, the federal government would pay attention to the development of the provinces and local levels, to empower them and to enhance their effectiveness and dignity.
She also said that the expressions and activities appearing in different forms, aimed at disrupting social harmony and even questioning national integrity, were not only unacceptable but also punishable.
“The government has taken it as a duty of supreme importance to maintain national unity, territorial integrity, and peace and order by controlling such expressions and activities,” she stated.
“We are aware of Nepal’s sovereignty and national interests. We take pride in our history that never accepted anyone’s domination. Rich history and fundamentals lie behind our national pride,” said Bhandari, adding that as a truly independent and sovereign nation, the country was independent in pursuing its domestic and international policy, decisions and roles.
She also said that prosperity could no longer remain an illusion for Nepal, and development was the only way to attain prosperity.
Stating that no one could deny the fact that peace and stability were the prerequisites for development, Bhandari said that the government would pay serious attention to peace and stability with priority.
“It will not allow genuine cause to fester instability. Genuine demands of the people will be heard and addressed on the basis of facts, reasons and intentions and laws. Coercion and anarchy cannot be accepted under any circumstances,” the President stated.
She further said the government would not act to become popular but would be popular by acting and delivering goods to the people.
She further said that the current government believed in good neighbourly relations with the two neighbours – China and India.
The government is in favour of world peace and disarmament and also believes in the peaceful resolution of disputes through dialogue, said Bhandari, adding that the current government’s international relations were based not on parochial partisan interest or opportunist redundant polemics, but based on the high ground of time tested, just, scientific and logical propositions of international relations.
She also said that Nepal’s foreign relations would remain balanced and responsible, based on the principles of the United Nations Charter, the Panchasheel, international or thematic multilateral/bilateral agreements and covenants.
Stating that the government has followed the policy of strengthening national unity by nurturing goodwill based on social and cultural equality and tolerance by earnestly recognising the country’s ethnic, linguistic, religious, cultural and geographical diversity, she maintained that activities aimed at weakening national unity, dishonouring national integrity in any form and pretext, and disparaging patriotism would not be tolerated under any circumstance.
“Democracy is a system of justice and equality. Rights, opportunities, security and dignity of sovereign people cannot be unequal. This government firmly stands for social justice and equality,” the annual document read.
“We have laid a foundation for peace and stability. A majority government has been formed on the basis of one election manifesto, one objective, one policy and with huge and widespread popular support,” said the President.
On behalf of the government, she further said that there was no sense in the baseless speculation and anticipation that despotism would prevail and a feudal regression would take place on the principle of supremacy by birth.

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