LALITPUR: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has said the incumbent government has been able to instil a ray of hope among the people in one year.
Speaking at an interaction programme on ‘Nepal’s economy and form of governance’ organised by the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers in Lalitpur-based Nepal Administrative Staff College today, the Prime Minister pledged to introduce and implement a new approach in service delivery, development endeavors and the policy formulations. “We have completed a year at the office. And, I am in the pursuit of a way to instil more hope among the people.”
As the Prime Minister said, Nepal’s bureaucracy is competent in terms of knowledge, experiences and ability, but it has not been fully utilised. “There is somewhere a gap in the competency of bureaucracy and its utilisation, and ways to bridge this gap must be explored through a discourse.”
He said he realised the lack of coherence between the political leadership and bureaucracy in terms of results when Nepal’s bureaucracy is globally competent, professional, skilled and experienced.
According to the Prime Minister, the government is concentrated on improving the overall governance system, by ensuring citizen-oriented service system. “We have proceeded towards reviewing governance system by establishing a dedicated commission so to advance towards a result-based system.”
Citizens always look forward to receiving an enhanced service delivery system. Their trust on political leadership and bureaucracy will derail in absence of a reliable and result-oriented system, he said.
He said results of his directives to secretaries he issued shortly after assuming offices were not encouraging. “Somewhere, there are problems and it is necessary to find out solutions.”
PM Dahal insisted on the need of exploring ways for bringing quality changes in the economy ahead. He pressed an idea of finding out policy and structural loopholes and in the limitations in the performance.
Sharing about the government actions towards preparing policies, programmes and budget for the upcoming fiscal year, he was of the opinion of identifying areas for administrative and economic improvements and raising hopes for citizens.
“He also urged the bureaucracy to prioritize the improvement of the existing system to ensure prompt services to citizens by keeping them at the center. Stating that people will remain discontented until there are reforms in the government service system, he clarified that the satisfaction level of citizens will be determined based on the services they receive and the development status. “This evaluation should not be interpreted politically.”
The Prime Minister said the government continues its efforts to promote good governance, social justice and prosperity. “However, the government has not been able to fully satisfy them through its services. Although the economy is improving, it has not been completely liberated from pressure.”