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Eight proposals on slashing expenditure on Appropriation Bill



Meeting of House of Representatives

Kathmandu, June 13: Eight proposals on cutting back, in the Appropriation Bill 2024, expenses related to three ministries have been presented in a meeting of the House of Representatives today.  The proposals were brought in course of discussions on the budget apportioned for these ministries in the Appropriation Bill.

Deliberations are being held on the allocation of budget for the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, and the Ministry of Health and Population.

The eight proposals on slashing the expenses are related to these three ministries.

In course of the deliberations, lawmaker Dilendra Prasad Badu presented a proposal seeking  to reduce by a rupee the expenditure amount under the heading of Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies of the Appropriation Bill, 2081 BS.

Badu argued that financial discipline has been violated by maintaining the heading of various allowances for the officials and employees of the Ministry of Industry. He contended that the proposal on reduction of expenditure has been presented as the heading on various allowances has been kept in the Appropriation Bill, increasing the current expenditure.

Dr Amaresh Kumar Singh also presented a proposal seeking reduction in the expenditure amount under the heading of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, and the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation and maintaining it at one rupee.

He alleged that the budget for the upcoming fiscal year is not able to promote domestic goods production and their marketization, arguing that economic prosperity can be achieved only if various goods and services are produced within the country. Lawmaker Singh said the citizens right to health has not been implemented effectively and it is also not prioritized in the budget as well.

Similarly, lawmaker Prem Suwal proposed to cut down on the amount stated in the expenditure heading related to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation.


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