Chief Minister of Gandaki Province Krishna Chandra Nepali Pokhrel has said restriction imposed by federal government on exercise of rights guaranteed by constitution resulted in province’s failure to deliver as per expectation. There is no just financial devolution for province to work, he added. CM Pokhrel said it during a meeting organized by Gandaki Province Coordination Council here Monday. He wondered how province could work while most of the resources were concentrated to center and only few coughed up to province and local levels.
Huge chunk of budget is allocated for the central government while only 15 percent of it is allocated to province and local levels each, he argued, adding that it directly impacted on province government’s performance to deliver as per people’s aspiration and development needs. Similarly, he reminded that it was huge challenge for the sub-national governments as the civil service act was not brought by the federal government. “We’ve now province public service commission. Employees are being recommended after fulfilling the approved quotas. But, the career development of these employees is still uncertain,” he shared. Although police administration and peace and security are the sole rights of province in the region, the police was yet to be brought under province government.
It has questioned the effectiveness and sustainability of peace and security, according to him. The province has sole rights on national forest lying in the province, but the Forest Act is a big obstruction at present, CM Pokhrel reminded. He also blamed that local levels too had not given province its rights. He urged the local levels to build positive thoughts. On the occasion, Minister for Internal Affairs at Gandaki Province Dobate Bishwokarma viewed only smooth coordination among province and local level could help in effective implementation of federalism.