Nepal’s Ministry of Finance has recorded a spend of NPR 235 million on high-profile foreign visits from the Himalayan nation in the past 20 months.
According to the Ministry’s data records, the Nepal Government has spent NPR 235 million on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s foreign visits.
NPR 153.9 million alone was spent on PM Oli’s trips and NPR 79.3 million on Prez. Bhandari’s trips since their reelection to the top posts in March 2019. These expenses exclude the PM’s recent trip to Azerbaijan and his two visits to Singapore and Bhandari’s recent visits to Myanmar and Japan.
The ministry claims that the government did not spend a penny during these trips as they were set aside for the PM’s treatment.
The Nepal Government had prepared certain spending guidelines for before, during and after official’s trips. However, government officials including the Prime Minister and President have not been complying with the guidelines.