Home Minister and Finance Minister discuss about election budget

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KATHMANDU: FEB. 9 – Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand and Finance Minister Janardan Sharma today held a meeting to discuss the budget in view of the upcoming election.

During the meeting that took place at the Ministry of Home Affairs, the two primarily discussed the budget for transport and logistics management for security bodies (Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force) in the election, according to Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division chief, joint-secretary Dr Bhisma Kumar Bhusal.

As said by Bhusal, the Home Ministry is expected to estimate the budget towards current expenditures also till Thursday and send it to the Finance Ministry.

Home Secretary Teknarayan Pandey, Finance Secretary Madhu Marasini and Chief of Security and Coordination Division, Ministry of Home, Joint Secretary Mukunda Niraula were present in the discussions.

On the occasion, the Finance Minister apprised the Home Minister about pressure on the Ministry with the announcement of the local-level poll for upcoming May 13.

In response, the Home Minister said the Ministry was aware of the work pressure on the Finance Minister before the election and it would appraise it of essential issues in the days ahead.

The meeting followed the Nepal Police and the APF’s demands for vehicles and required election logistics from the government in view of the election.