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Minister Sharma directs to identify problems behind slow progress

Minister Rekha Sharma on PSB
Minister for Communication and Information Technology Rekha Sharma. (file)

Kathmandu, Nov 9: Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Rekha Sharma, has said the problems behind slow progress on projects must be identified on time and measures taken for solution accordingly.

Minister Sharma said it during a meeting of ministry level development problems solution committee and first quarterly review on Thursday. She expressed worry why the problems are not identified on time.

“What are the projects stalled due to internal problems at ministry? What is the checklist of works that did not begin? What are areas that ministry failed to get cooperation from finance ministry and ministry of federal affairs and general administration?” The Minister was showing concern in the review meeting.

She directed the secretary and representatives of subordinate bodies to leverage IT sector for fostering digital economy and pave way for prosperity.

It was informed that the ministry made the capital expense of only 2.78 percent on current expenditure of 26.22 percent in the review period. Similarly, only four achievements were secured out of 32 targets in the three months of this fiscal year.

On the occasion, Member of the National Planning Commission, Anita Shah Dhungana, said that the ministry which is directly linked to people should make progress accordingly. The foundation of digital economy is paved by the IT, she said, arguing that communications sector is the mirror of entire State, so the ministry’s better performance is warranted.

Ministry Secretary Krishna Bahadur Raut stressed the need for boosting citizens’ access to telephone, internet and mass communications. This fiscal year would be made effective to this regard.

He also informed that national cyber security policy and national frequency policy were brought forth by the ministry.

Chiefs of the subordinate bodies and representatives from Office of the Prime Minister and the Finance Ministry also spoke on the occasion.