Chief Ministers of all seven provinces have complained to the prime minister that they have been reeling under shortage of resources, budget, expert manpower and they also lack proper coordination from the central government.
Prime Minister KP Oli had summoned the chief ministers with their principal secretaries and chief attorneys in the capital for a meeting in a bid to maintain balance and coordination between the central and provincial governments.
“We complained of not getting expected support and coordination from the central government including expert manpower for the formulation of laws as we have to enact many new provincial laws,” said Chief Minister of Province 2 Lalbabu Raut after the meeting.
“We informed the prime minister about lack of resources and expert manpower for preparing concepts of development in the provinces, preparing administrative structure and legal framework. In response, the prime minister has assured us of providing as much help as possible from the center,” said Province 5 Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel.
According to My Republica, Defense Minister Ishwar Pokharel, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada, Federal Affairs and General Administration Minister Lal Babu Pandit and Law Minister Sher Bahadur Tamang were also present at the meeting.
The first-ever meeting between the prime minister and chief ministers of all the seven provinces, after a month of formation of the provincial governments, ran for nearly six hours at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers at Singha Durbar on Wednesday.
Responding to the grievances of the chief ministers, Prime Minister Oli assured of supporting the provincial governments from the center and also urged them to maintain balanced relations with the center, province to province and with the local governments.
“The prime minister said that all governments in the country including provincial and local governments are a part of the Government of Nepal and they should maintain proper coordination for driving the country toward prosperity,” said chief adviser to Oli, Bishnu Rimal.
“We don’t have the right to reverse from federalism. We should work together for making federalism a success despite the difficulties and lack of resources,” Rimal quoted Prime Minister Oli as saying at the meeting.
Province 2 Chief Minister Raut said he demanded that resources should be distributed based on human development index and population density of the provinces. He also said that there is a problem of citizenship issue in the province.
The chief ministers also demanded that National Natural Resources and Financial Commission be formed at the earliest.