Common Minimum Government Program: Kalapani Border Issue in Priority

The government is seeking a diplomatic solution to the border issues including Limbiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipulek. The ruling coalition’s “Minimum Joint Common Government Program” on Sunday also called for a review of treaties and agreements that run counter to the national interest. The government has not included the much-discussed MCC agreement in the program.

The common minimum program states that the government will pursue an independent and balanced foreign policy. The government has also taken the policy of increasing the Border Security Post (BOP) for border security and smuggling control. Though Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba wanted to keep the MCC agreement in the minimum program, it was removed after pressure from some leaders of the ruling coalition party Maoist Center and UML’s Madhav Kumar Nepal group.

The government is under pressure to approve a 500 million grant agreement for the MCC project to upgrade power transmission lines and strategic roads. However, it has not been included in the minimum common program as it could be a source of contention within the ruling coalition. According to a member of the task force of the ruling coalition led by Congress General Secretary Purna Bahadur Khadka, Prime Minister Deuba, UCPN (Maoist) Central Committee Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Janata Samajwadi Party Chairman Upendra Yadav have been given the responsibility to move the agreement forward.

The government has given high priority to the issue of saving the lives of ordinary citizens from Covid-19. The government is planning to bring special economic package for the working, poor and unemployed including industries, tourism business, communication, transport, party palace, gymnasium, cinema hall and entertainment industry which are in crisis due to Covid-19.

Emphasis has been laid on rescue, relief and rehabilitation programs for the people affected by floods, landslides, fires and drownings. The 14-page long common program of the government includes the liberation from the catastrophe of Covid-19, promotion of national interest, implementation of federalism and strengthening of federal democratic republic, guarantee of peace and security, good governance and morality, completion of peace process, economic policy and program, social transformation, immediate relief. Policies and programs related to reconstruction and rehabilitation, environmental balance, international relations are included. It is also stated that the constitution amendment, state police integration, empowerment of state and local level, federal civil service, citizenship and other bills under consideration in the parliament will be moved forward.

In the background of the common minimum program, the then Prime Minister KP Sharma has termed Oli’s move as a reactionary tendency to run an authoritarian, undemocratic and authoritarian regime. However, the program did not mention whether the powerful bodies brought by Oli under the Prime Minister’s Office and the Office of the Council of Ministers would be made autonomous or not. As soon as Oli became prime minister with a two-thirds majority, he amended the government’s division of labor regulations to include the National Investigation Department under the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Revenue Investigation Department under the Ministry of Finance, and the Assets Laundering Department.

Similarly, the bill was introduced to retain the right to monitor and monitor the national priority projects. He had tried to amend the law on the functions, duties and powers of the National Security Council so that a state of emergency could be imposed even in the absence of the Chief of Army Staff. Oli had usurped the rights of many state bodies to intimidate his opponents. The then main opposition Congress had strongly protested against this. Based on this, the Congress had called Oli an authoritarian and authoritarian ruler.

It has been almost a month since the then Leader of the Main Opposition Deuba took over the PM’s post. But why didn’t Prime Minister Deuba prioritize Oli’s work of centralizing power in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Council of Ministers? A government minister, however, claimed that it would be rectified as it was said to be the end of the reactionary trend in the background of the common minimum program. “Everything is not included in the policy, the supremacy of the constitution, the guarantee of the rule of law has been said. We have covered the theoretical side, “he said.” We will gradually correct the wrong path taken by Oli.

In the common minimum program, land has been provided to the landless in accordance with the spirit of the constitution, economic, social upliftment and settlement of agriculture, laborers, freed and landless farmers, effective implementation of scientific land use policy to increase land production and productivity. Programs are also included. Relief, rehabilitation and assistance to the families of martyrs and missing persons, conflict victims and displaced persons, release of prisoners arrested in connection with armed conflict, provision of driver’s licenses and passports from all states and reduction in public service flow by one third.

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