The Himalayan Times: The Development Committee of the Parliament today issued directives to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development to ensure that metropolis, sub-metropolis and village development committees have better action plans for human settlements, service centres, market places, schools, hospitals and bus parks with gardens.
The Parliamentary panel also told the ministry to submit a report within six months on the progress regarding these action plans.
A meeting of the parliamentary panel headed by lawmaker Rabindra Adhikari also decided to issue a directive to the Finance Ministry to allocate necessary budget for such projects.
The committee also told the Local Development Ministry to make optimum use of limited resources and use infrastructure budget for most urgent projects within the same fiscal.
As per the directives, Local Development Ministry will have to prepare, within 15 days, the criteria for development projects to be carried out under Election Constituency Development Programme in a way that could help complete the development projects within the same fiscal.
The Development Committee formed an eight-member sub-panel under lawmaker Anita Devkota to prepare within one month the list of future metropolis and sub-metropolis.
The Parliamentary panel also sought progress report on Melamchi Water Drinking Project, Mid-hill Highway Project, Postal Road, Kathmandu-Nijgadh Fast Track, Seti Highway Project, and Rural Telecommunication Development Programme from the concerned ministries.
The panel also sought information from the Ministry of Information and Communications on the current state and future structure of Nepal Television, Gorkhapatra and National News Agency.
The Parliamentary panel headed by lawmaker Rabindra Adhikari will be discussing the matter with the secretaries on September 11.
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