Friday, September 10, 2021/Kathmandu-
Finance Minister Janardan Sharma ‘Prabhakar’ has presented a replacement bill including popular decisions like providing 5 thousand rupees to cancer patients, paralysis due to spinal cord injury and kidney transplant cases along others.
Minister Sharma presented the revised bill on Friday, in a bid to amend the annual Nepal budget plan 2021/22 earlier brought by former finance minister Bishnu Paudel.
Paudel’s budget brought through ordinance was worth Rs 1.647 trillion, while Sharma’s revised size is 1.632 trillion. With this there has been a reduction of around Rs 15 billion.
Also, on the income side the government reduced the proposed internal and foreign debt by Rs 37 billion.
Similarly, in addition to social security allowances, the government has introduced new plans like families of martyrs of different political movements will get Rs 3,000 every month.
The city poor reeling under problem due to Covid-19 will get free lunch at 10 spaces in Kathmandu.
Likewise, poor people whose family bread-earners lost employment due to Covid-19 will get a grant of 10,000 each. By this provision around 500,000 poor families can take the advantage.
Looking at the ongoing Covid-19 condition, an additional budget has been added. The government would allocate Rs 5 billion for the purchase of vaccines.
Regarding Melamchi Water Supply Project hampered due to floods and landslides;it would resume by mid-April 2022.
The revised budget was presented in the House amid commotion by the lawmakers of the CPN-UML who chanted slogans and disrupt the budget speech.
However, the finance minister read the entire 19 pages long budget of 77 points calmly.