Kathmandu, April 28: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has directed the government secretaries and project chiefs to work in such a way to help win the heart of investors.
Addressing a review meeting on the ‘projects of national pride’ held Monday at the Office of Prime Minister, Singha Durbar, the PM said a mutual tug of war among the ministries and lack of transparency there give a negative message to investors and the bodies concerned should be sensitive towards this. He underlined the need of attracting more and more foreign investors to the country.
Nepal has abundant possibility of investment and investors are gradually attracted to Nepal with the holding of second Constituent Assembly (CA) elections, he said. Country’s development and political stability go together, he said, seeking a positive support from all sides to attain stable politics and durable peace, the PM added.
Expressing concern over irregularities in the execution of development projects, the PM said, “In Nepal, normally development projects kick off in rainy season and this bad culture has barred the country from attaining expected results.” He urged the government secretaries and project officers to work just for the interests of the nation and people. “It is a crime to the nation if our petty interests hamper the development endevours,” he said.
Secretary at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Krishna Hari Baskota informed the meeting that at present 21 projects are recognised as the projects of national pride.
They are Tamakoshi, Budhi Gandaki and West Seti hydropower projects, Mid-Hill Highway, Postal Highway, North-South Highway, Kathmandu- Terai-Madhes Fast Track, North-South Highway (Gandaki), North- South Highway (Karnali), East-West Electric Highway.
Similarly, Melamchi Drinking Water Project, Rani Jamara Irrigation Project, Babai Irrigation Project, Bheri Babai Diversion, Nijgadh Airport, Pashupati Development Trust and Rastrapati Chure Conservation Project are in the list of ‘government projects of national pride’. Secretaries of ministries concerned and project chiefs were present at the meeting.