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Nepal only producing political leaders

  • Published on: November 28, 2017

  • pushpa-columnWe have 753 local bodies and in future, it may increase. We have seven provinces and it may increase in the future. As per the constitution, there will be 165 directly elected members of parliament and 110 members of parliament elected through proportional system.
    In the seven provinces, we will have a total of 330 members of province parliaments elected directly. In addition, there will be 220 members of the province parliaments elected through proportional election.
    Besides, there will be a 59-member national assembly in the center. In total, we will have 884 people’s representatives in the federal parliament and provincial parliaments. All of them are receiving salary and allowances from the government.
    Out of them, there will be 150 ministers in both federal and provincial cabinets. The ministers need separate vehicles along with escorting vehicles and security personnel. Minimum one vehicle is needed for security escorting for the ministers. In this way, the government should manage 300 vehicles for 150 ministers. Besides, governors, speakers are also awarded with similar facilities. Taxpayers’ money may not be enough to meet the expenditure of the people’s representatives and thus the government may beg for donation to feed the people’s representatives.
    Our economy has downgraded due to the heavy politicization. The government invested industries running in profit and paying highest amount of tax during the panchayat days have already been ruined, many of them have already been closed from which thousands of Nepalis have become jobless. Neither the government nor the opposition parties have given priority in reopening of those government invested industries. Now the government is needed to develop infrastructures to run the province government. As there were no infrastructures in the proposed province capitals, the government team is eying the government land where industries were operating. In the No 2 province, to run the province parliament and government, the government has decided to capture the land occupied by Janakpur Cigarette Factory, which has been closed along with introduction of the multiparty democracy. To recall, the Factory was recorded as the highest taxpayer and profit earning company until the panchayat regime. Besides, the local farmers were earning money by producing tobacco in their land and thousands of people had got jobs in the factory. Today, the leaders of “new” Nepal are converting such premises into a political venue by dismantling existing industries. The government has decided to feed several hundred political leaders by hijacking jobs of thousands of people.
    Nepal Army had decided to restart Hetauda Textile Factory with the aim of manufacturing clothes needed for the Nepal Army. The government has shown reluctance in handing over the factory to the Nepal Army. The country is importing textiles from foreign countries to meet the demand of the security personnel and also of the general public. What is the vision of the leaders in the government, we don’t know. If the election manifestos are read, they have distributed dreams that Nepali per capita income will be above five thousand US dollars. But how, we don’t know. As there is lack of job opportunity, every day, two thousand youths in average are going abroad. Above five million youths are in foreign countries for low quality and risky jobs. This trend was started along with the introduction of multiparty democracy. Corrupt political leaders tried to kill hens giving golden eggs everyday by ending job opportunity for thousands of people. In result, the country is facing serious trade deficit as our imports have inclined by more than five times than our exports. Still, the government has no plans to recover trade deficit. Instead, our leaders have introduced such a political system in which the taxpayers’ money is going to be spent in feeding the people’s representatives.
    The reality is that Nepal is a less developed country and she should concentrate on development of infrastructural sectors by investing the limited revenue resources. Contrary to that, the country is spending hundreds of billions rupees on politics by discouraging development activities. In this regard, what will be the future of this country, we can guess. If continued the present political system, very soon the country will be declared bankrupted.


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