KATHMANDU, April 4: The CPN (Maoist Center) has claimed to win 290 local units across the country in the upcoming local level elections scheduled for May 13.
Earlier in the local level polls held on 2074 BS, the party had won 106 local units out of 753 local units. However, the party has maintained that the number will increase in the upcoming local polls.
“After the general convention of the party, the number of party cadres stands at 900,000. The party has become more organized and strong. There is no doubt in MC winning at least 290 local units,” said Devendra Poudel, Minister for Education, Science and Technology and former standing committee member of the party. “Besides, if an electoral alliance goes well, the number is likely to surpass 300.”
MC will win highest number of local units in Province 1: Harka Bahadur Nembang
Total local units: 137
Last election result: 9
Projected result in upcoming election: 35
Harka Bahadur Nembang, Chairman of the party of Province 1, maintained that the party will win the highest number of local units in Province 1 in the upcoming local polls. In the similar polls held in 2074 BS, the party had stood victorious in 9 local units. Of them, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Rangeli Municipality have already joined the CPN-UML.
“In the polls of 2074 BS, the party had won nine local units, and was second and third in 60 other local units. So, this time, the party will win 35 local units as the UML has splitted and an electoral alliance is being formed among ruling coalition members,” said Nembang.
Split of the party won’t affect results of polls in Madhesh Province: Province Chair Prahlad Budathoki
Total local units: 136
Last election result: 21
Projection in upcoming polls: 60
Many of the leaders of the party in the Province have joined the main opposition party, CPN-UML. In the earlier election, the party had registered 21 local units.
After Prabhu Shah joined UML, as many as nine local representatives representing Maoist Center in the Province quit the party.
However, Province Chair Prahlad Budathoki has maintained that the split of the party won’t affect results of the upcoming election.
“With the ruling coalition members forming an electoral alliance, the party will be victorious in 60 local units in the upcoming polls,” claimed Budathoki.
Maoist Center will win 40 local units in Bagmati Province: Saral Sahayatri
Total local units: 119
Last election result: 16
Projection in upcoming polls: 40
The party won 16 local units in the local-level election held in 2074 BS. Besides, the party was in the second position in 20 local units and third in other units.
Saral Sahayatri, Province Chair of the party, has claimed that the party will stand victorious in as many as 60 local units in the upcoming polls. “The party can easily win in those local units where the party had become second in the last polls. The victory will be ours in those local units where we were third, if we work hard this time,” said Yatri. “With an electoral alliance the number is likely to surpass 40,” he added.
We are analyzing our position: Chakrapani Khanal
Total local units: 109
Last election result: 19
Projection in upcoming polls: 30
According to the party leaders, no chief of local units representing the party has quit the party so far. So, there will be no effect of split of the party in the upcoming local elections, said Chakrapani Khanal, Provincial incharge of the party.
“We are confident that the party will win more local units than in 2074 BS with an electoral alliance being formed,” Khanal said. “We can solely win in more than 30 local units.”
MC solely will win 15 local units in Gandaki: Gayatri Gurung
Total local units: 85
Last election result: 5
Projection in upcoming polls: 15
In the last election, Gandaki Province was the province where the party was victorious in the least number of local units. This time, the party has claimed to register wins in as many as 15 local units. With an electoral alliance being formed, the projection has been increased to 25.
We are confident that MC will be the first party in Karnali: Bimala KC
Total local units: 79
Last election result: 26
Projection in upcoming polls: 40
In the local level polls of 2074 BS, UML had won in 27 local units, NC in 25 and two by independent candidates.
Since, UML has splitted and NC is a member of an electoral alliance, the Maoist Center will win in as many as 40 local units, said Bimala KC, Province chair.
MC will win in 20 local local units in Sudurpaschim Province: Khagraj Bhatta
Total local units: 80
Last election result: 10
Projection in upcoming polls: 20
According to the party leaders, only a few of the party leaders have joined UML. So, the split of the party is less likely to affect the party in the next election.
Even if leaders like Lekhraj Bhatta have joined UML, the party will solely win 20 local units in the upcoming local election, said Khagraj Bhatta, Province Incharge of the party.
“With an electoral alliance being formed, the number is likely to surge to 30,” Bhatta added.
CPN-UML candidates have clinched victory in the election of two provincial assembly committees in Bagmati Province. UML candidates had only filed candidacies for vacant positions of presidents of the Finance and Development Committee and Education, Health, and Agriculture Committee of the provincial assembly.
A cabinet meeting of the province has decided this week to provide scholarships to all the girl students studying technical subjects in community schools. Students who have passed the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) from community schools will be qualified for the scholarships, the cabinet decided.
KATHMANDU: Kathmandu district has achieved full literacy rate recently. It has become the 55th fully literate district among the 77 districts in the country. The declaration was made here on Monday after incorporating those permanently residing in the district as well as those usually staying here.
After all the municipalities and rural municipalities were declared achieving full literacy, the district was declared a fully literate district after achieving 96.88 percent literacy rate. There were only 18,053 people who remain to be literate in the municipalities in the district, said Nanda Lal Poudel, Chief of Education Development and Coordination Unit, Kathmandu district.
The Literate Nepal campaign aims to educate as many as people between 15 and 60 years in the country and declares the district fully literate once it comes up with over 95 percent literacy rate. Sindhupalchowk was declared the first fully literate district in the country in 2015.
Bagmati Province’s Minister for Social Development Bijaya Subedi declared Kathmandu a fully literate district in Monday’s event. He spoke of the need to link skills and employment to education.
Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Ram Prasad Thapaliya said that it was the responsibility of one and all to maintain the fully literate district declaration for a long term.
Currently, the literacy rate among the youth (15 to 24) stands at 95 percent and the literacy rate among the adult ones (15 to 60 years) stands at 82 percent. To be eligible to become literate, one must learn the alphabets of the mother language or national languages, be capable to write names of the learner and his/her families, capable to use calculator and cell phones, learn the numerical from o to 9, learn to count 0 to 100 and maintain simple ledger among others.
Also, one must be able to read posters, signboards, traffic signals, tell time by looking at the watch and learn to read calendar among others.
KATHMANDU, June 15: Provincial governments in all seven provinces, on Tuesday, tabled the annual budgets for the upcoming fiscal year 2021/22.
As per the Intergovernmental Fiscal Arrangement Act-2017, the province governments are required to present the annual budget on Ashar 1 (Mid-June).
Here are the major highlights of the budget presented by the respective province governments across the country.
Presented by : Tank Angbuhang, Minister for Economic Affairs and Planning
Budget Size: Rs 32.469 billion
Concurrent Expenditure: Rs 14.161 billion
Revenue Mobilization: Rs 4.097 billion
> Residence and physical infrastructure development: Rs 13.21 billion
> Chief Minister Rural Roads Project
> Ghinaghat-Birat Chowk Road under Provincial Pride Project
> Health sector: Rs 3.25 billion
> Education Sector: Rs 1.18 billion
> Chief Minister Youth Entrepreneurship Program: Rs 100 million
> Mero Krishi, Mero Gaurav (My Agriculture, My Pride) Rs 50.72 million
> Energy and Irrigation: Rs 3.15 billion
> A 10-day tourism leave to civil servants
Presented by: Bijaya Kumar Yadav, Minister for Economic Affairs and Planning
Size: Rs 33.791 billion
Recurrent Expenditure: Rs 15.63 billion
Capital Expenditure: Rs 18.5 billion
Financing: Rs 58 million
> COVID-19 control, prevention and treatment : Rs 200 million
> Oxygen plant installation and oxygen cylinder procurement
> Irrigation Project: Rs 410 million
> Procurement of 35 dialysis machines: Rs 120 million
Presented By: Kailash Prasad Dhungel, Minister for Economic Affairs and Planning
Size: Rs 57.729 billion
Recurrent expenditure: Rs 26.166 billion
Capital expenditure: Rs 29.704 billion
Financial management: Rs 2 billion
> One school, one nurse : Rs 260 million
> Chief Minister People’s Health Check up Program : Rs 220 million
Presented by: Krishna Chandra Nepali Pokharel, Chief Minister
Size: Rs 30.394 billion
Recurrent expenditure: Rs 13.6 billion
Capital Expenditure: Rs 16.73 billion
Financial Management: Rs 240 million
> Rs 50,000 as compensation to the families of those dying of COVID-19
> Rs 5,000 monthly allowance to those children who lost their parents due to COVID-19
> Multi-sectoral Nutrition Program : Rs 15 million
> District hospitals to be upgraded to 25 to 50-bed
> Rs 10 million to be provided to each local level for province-local level partnership program
> 2 to 5-bed ICU to be set up at every district hospital
> Madhyabindu Hospital (Nawalpur), Damauli Hospital (Tanahun), Dhaulagiri Hospital (Baglung), and Bhirkot Hospital (Parbat) to be upgraded to trauma centers
> Gorkha-based Aanp Pipal Hospital to be upgraded to 50-bed
Presented by: Baijnath Chaudhary, Minister for Economic Affairs and Planning
Size: Rs 40.951 billion
Recurrent expenditure: Rs 24.93 billion
Capital expenditure: Rs 21.17 billion
> Priority on COVID-19 control , agriculture and employment
> Free treatment of COVID-19 patients
> Lumbini Provincial Hospital to be upgraded to highly specialized equipped hospital : Rs 250 million
> Oxygen plants to be installed at every district-level hospitals
> Coordination with four private medical colleges --- Universal Medical College, Nepalgunj Medical College, Lumbini Medical College and Devdaha Medical College for the treatment of corona patients
> Health workers to be provided 50 percent allowance of their basic salary
> Agriculture technician to be deployed in every wards: Rs 330 million
> One Level, One Smart Agriculture Village Program: Rs 350 million
> Contract Farming Program to be extended to 1,200 hectares
> Mini labs to be established in every districts for soil testing
Presented by: Gopal Sharma, Minister for Economic Affairs and Planning
Size: Rs 36.456 billion
Recurrent expenditure: Rs 11.49 billion
Capital expenditure: Rs 21.65 billion
Financing: Rs 3.99 billion
Sudur Paschim Province
Presented By: Prakash Bahadur Shah, Minister for Economic Affairs and Planning
Size: Rs 30.33 billion
Recurrent expenditure: Rs 10.66 billion
Capital expenditure: 17.65 billion
Financial management: Rs 300 million
> DPR development of Naugad, Sunarya Gad and Upper Sunarya Gad Hydro Projects
> Physical Infrastructure Development Ministry: Rs 11.75 billion
> Horticulture development: Rs 100 million
> Agriculture Student Program: Rs 40 million
> Health Sector: Rs 2.42 billion
> Access to COVID-19 vaccines and upgradation of COVID-19 labs
> Programs such as Our Province, Healthy Province, Chief Minister Senior Citizen Health Service
> Trauma center to be set up at Seti Provincial Hospital, Epidemiology Hospital at Seti Hospital