November 28, 2021, Sunday

Finance Minister points out frequent changes in policy, plan as development bottleneck

Finance Minister Janardan Sharma has said COVID-19 has impacted the entire economy, good governance and humanity as a whole.

During a meeting of Sustainable Development and Good Governance Committee of the National Assembly on Tuesday, the Finance Minister said that massive reform in development targets and plans was required to cope with the current situation resulting from COVID-19 pandemic. “Development strategy, goal setting and implementation in itself are contradictory.

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The trend of shift in plan and policy along with the change in government and minister is a great challenge,” the Finance Minister said. Sharma also said that we lack a framework of the socialism-oriented economy despite its provision in the Constitution while adding that such issues were not incorporated in our plan and programmes.

Saying that making self-reliant economy was the main goal of the present, he argued that there was no other option than to move ahead by making fundamental policy on inclusive development. During the meeting, Auditor General Tanka Mani Sharma, Chief Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi, Financial Comptroller General Suman Raj Aryal and other shared their opinion on government spending, auditing system and details of the government properties.

On the occasion, Committee’s Chairperson Dinanath Sharma stressed the need for massive reform in government spending adding that unscrupulous spending has increased arrears in the state coffer. —