KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has directed the government employees to prioritise the completion of the projects of national pride.
At the 26th meeting of the national development problems solutions committee organised by the National Planning Commission (NPC) in the capital on Wednesday, Prime Minister Bhattarai complained that he did not find any significant progress of the projects of national pride as Melamchi Drinking Water Project, and Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project during the recent onsite visit.
Also the chairman of the committee, Prime Minister Dr Bhattarai admitted that the budget implementation this year saw some problems due to the political situation.
He pointed out the need for the provision of award and punishment regarding the implementation of the projects.
The Prime Minister urged the concerned bodies to focus on the need of poor people while formulating policy and plans for the next year.
Similarly, NPC Vice-Chairman, Dipendra Bahadur Chhetri said the assessment of the project in the first priority was not satisfactory. He added that the progress was more in the social sector than in the economic front.
The NPC members Janak Saha, Shiv Kumar Rai, Abdur Rahim Mikarani and Member Secretary Yuvraj Bhushal presented the progress and problems of the concerned sectors.
It was informed at the meeting that only three meetings of the ministry-level problems solution committee were held against the provision of six meetings during a fiscal year.
The NPC committee's 25th meeting was held six months ago. The progress rate of the development projects during the period is nearly 64 percent.
According to the NPC, there are 451 projects in operation in the current fiscal year.
Only 108 projects had more than 80 percent progress in the recent quarter.