April 29, 2019 heralds the beginning of the Federal Parliament’s budget session for FY 2019-20 in Nepal.
Meetings for the same will be held separately by the House of Representatives and National Assembly at the International Convention Center, New Baneshwar at 4 PM.
According to Parliament Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, the session will focus on the annual policies and programs of the government, besides the budget for FY 2019-20 and enactment of laws for the implementation of the Constitution.
As per government officials, the budget session will also focus on the formulation of new laws. This time, the government will dwell over upcoming policies and programs prior to the pre-budget discussion.
According to the Law Minister Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, the government is going to register 22 new bills in the parliament during this session.
In the last fiscal year, 15 laws related to the fundamental rights were endorsed by the parliament during the budget session and even after it was rolled out.
It is estimated that around 55 bills will be tabled in the parliament, including those currently under discussion in the parliamentary committees and those already approved.
This year, the government plans to first unveil the budget and then implement the various laws.
Meanwhile, the Nepali Congress has opposed the government’s decision of unveiling the budget without holding pre-budget discussions.
“The government is unveiling its policies and programs immediately after the start of the House session. We have received information that the government is planning to hold pre-budget discussions then and unveil the budget. This is absolutely a move to bypass the people’s representatives and the House,” said NC Chief Whip Bal Krishna Khand.
Everyone in Nepal is looking forward to this budget session as they are eager to know what policies and programs the government will introduce as part of its anthem ‘Happy Nepalis, Prosperous Nepal’. The government’s policies and programs will be submitted on May 03, 3019.