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Will Oli get time to implement its policies and programmes?

By Our Reporter , The government, that had almost collapsed last week, has unveiled its policies and programmes for the fiscal year 2016/17 on Sunday.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari presented the government document at the Legislature Parliament. The President spent one and a half hours to read out the document as it is the longest policies and programmes ever presented in Nepal’s parliament.
The documents include some ambitious programmes as well as regular ones with key focus on attaining prosperity in the next five years and graduate the nation to the list of developing countries from the least developed ones. Implementation of the new constitution, rebuilding the structures damaged by the devastating earthquake of April 2015, infrastructure development, harnessing of hydropower and creation of jobs for youth are other main objectives included in the annual documents.
The government has included the ‘Make your village yourself (Aafno Gaun Afai Banau)” programme, which the minority UML government led by late Manamohan Adhikari had included for the first time in 1995, in the new documents. Likewise, the document stressed the need for revising the social security allowance which was first introduced also by the UML minority government in 1995.
The government has also committed to holding the elections of the local bodies by mid-December this year. Likewise, it has plans to build at least one international airport each in all seven provinces and a helipad in each Village Development Committee, a civil hospital in each province, build storage for petroleum products to meet the 90-day demand in each province.
Similarly, the document claims to supply power as per the demands within two years, build the Kathamndu-Nijgadh fast track on government fund and complete the construction of Pokhara and Gautam Buddha International Airports in two years are other programmes included in the annual programme.
Obviously, the policies and programmes look ambitious and popular and it will be challenging to implement them. For example, the policies and programmes included producing 10000MW power in ten years, which looks impossible considering that Nepal managed to produce only 700 MW power in 100 plus years. The document has also stressed implementation of the agreements reached with China.
As usual, the document has received mixed reactions with the Madhes-based parties terming it futile while NC leaders have told that the policies and programmes could not be implemented. Moreover, the leaders of Madhes-based parties have claimed that the document was presented by the government that had already lost the trust of the people.
In fact, the government presented the documents a few days after it avoided its fall.
Last week, the government almost collapsed after the UCPN-Maoist decided to form a new government under Pushpa Kamal Dahal in the support of Nepali Congress. But the plan to replace the government got foiled when UCPN-Maoist chief Dahal gave up the idea of leading a new government for no apparent reason. As such, the government looks fragile because it can collapse at any moment if Dahal wants to become the new prime minister, so the fate of the document looks uncertain.

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