Cities across the country have erupted in protest after the government declared temporary provincial capitals on Wednesday. Protesting people say they are the right places to be provincial capitals. On the other hand, people belonging to these temporary capitals are celebrating. With this, we are once again returning to the situation of protests and counter-protests over federal matters.
Kathmandu’s mayoral and parliamentary candidates promised to flood Kathmandu with water from Melamchi during election campaigns two decades ago. Since then, completing the Melamchi Water Supply Project, which is expected to pump 170 million liters of water a day (MLD) to Kathmandu, has become a major development agenda for each successive government. Melamchi—one of the National Pride Projects—has become a synonym for corruption, bureaucratic logjams and sheer incompetence of those running the show in Singha Durbar.
Nepal and India will begin the sixth meeting of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) in New Delhi today. The last five meetings in the last two years have discussed a number of issues, including amending the 1950 Nepal-India Peace and Friendship Treaty. The EPG members will submit a joint document to their respective governments with recommendations to resolve a number of bilateral contentious issues.
It has been recently revealed that about 20 billion rupees went to civil servants approving projects all across government agencies in the last fiscal year. This in itself is a disturbing fact. Our public institutions have become haven for corrupt individuals to enrich themselves at the expense of greater public good. Our infrastructures and other mega projects are delayed and the cost has skyrocketed.
One of the ways through which the state makes its presence felt among general public is by standing by them when they need medical treatment. This is why health and education are considered as the state’s liability in virtually all functioning democracies.