KATHMANDU: Nine former vice-chairmen of the National Planning Commission (NPC) have urged that the ordinance not have a budget.
In a joint statement issued Thursday, nine former NPC vice-chairmen stated the government should refrain from presenting the budget through ordinance, despite the constitution’s requirement that the budget be announced by May 28 (Jestha 15) of each year.
They advised against including a budget in the ordinance because the country was in the midst of another constitutional crisis and disarray following the government’s second dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR).
Prithviraj Legal, Dr. Jagadish Chandra Pokhrel, Dr. Shankar Sharma, Dr. Pitamber Sharma, Dr. Dinesh Chandra Devkota, Dipendra Bahadur Kshetri, Dr. Govindaraj Pokhrel, Dr. Min Bahadur Shrestha, and Dr. Swanarim Wagle are the nine former NPC vice-chairmen presenting a united front.
Excessive public borrowing in the budget and changes in revenue rates would be a significant violation of political ethics, pushing the country’s economy into instability, the former vice-chairmen said.