Finance minister tells provincial, local govts to prioritise development projects

Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel has told provincial and local government representatives to prioritize development projects based on their necessary while preparing the budget for the next fiscal year.

Paudel, who is in rush to finalize the annual budget plan of the country to present it in the House of Representatives on May 29, met the representatives during a meeting of the Intergovernmental Finance Council in Kathmandu on Thursday. The minister asked them to consider the master plan, land acquisition, environmental impact assessment, and resource management among other issues too while prioritizing the projects.

Paudel stressed the three layers of the government should work together in close coordination and it would be important in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic also.

Meanwhile, the provincial and local level officials suggested the federal government improve its grant distribution system and coordinate with the local units while selecting federal projects also.