Dahal correct about budget allocation for urban development ministry
Sujit Mainali / July 28, 2016
During discussions in parliament last week on a no-confidence motion filed against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, the chairman of the CPN (Maoist Center) and former prime minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, made the following comments:
“We had grievances about the budget…there were many…the budget ceiling for a certain ministry had been fixed at Rs 5-7 billion, but Rs 25 billion was allocated (by the finance minister)…I think that the ministry is headed by the prime minister, it is the Ministry of Urban Development.”
South Asia Check has examined whether this statement is fact-based or not.
For this, the following two statements of Chairman Dahal have been examined:
First statement: Budget limit for the Ministry of Urban Development had been fixed at Rs 5-7 billion for this year.
Every year, the Resource Committee of the National Planning Commission recommends budget ceilings for all the ministries. When South Asia Check enquired about budget limit for this year for the Ministry of Urban Development, Joint Secretary at the National Planning Commission, Gopi Mainali, said, “The budget ceilings fixed by the committee is classified information. These are not made public.”
Therefore, it cannot be said whether Dahal’s statement about the ceiling is correct or not.
Second statement: For the Ministry of Urban Development headed by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Rs 25 billion rupees was allocated.
According to the budget for the current fiscal year, about Rs 23.50 billion has been allocated for the Ministry of Urban Development. For details, see Annex-7 of the budget speech.
Therefore, this statement by Chairman Dahal is almost correct.
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