Kathmandu, July 3: The preliminary draft of a new constitution has been welcomed by the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), the umbrella organization of the private sector stating that the promulgation of the new constitution would open new door for economic development with the political stability.
FNCCI called for the election of the new president for the remaining term, in a special annual general meeting (AGM) of the and further urged the government to run the reconstruction and resettlement projects and go along with the public-private partnership.further, the organization urged the government to include the private sectors in the recently formed reconstruction authority chaired by the Prime Minister.
Pashupati Murarka will unanimously be elect as the FNCCI chair for the remaining 21 months by the special AGM today since, the post of the chair was vacant after the then chair Pradip Jung Pandey faced corruption charges.
Similarly,the organization so far has provided relief assistance equal to Rs 100 million to the earthquake survivors in the worst affected 14 districts and it would launch reconstruction campaign in these districts in the near future, FNCCI informed. Also, FNCCI has urged the government to use domestic products during reconstruction in the quake-affected areas.
Likewise, public-private partnership was pointed up by DPM Prime Minister Prakash Man Singh stresses on. Deputy Singh, addressing the special general meeting said it should not be seen in the light of victory or loss since the draft of the new constitution is a document of consensus, understanding and agreement among the political parties. He said that this is not the final draft, the views and suggestions to be given by the people on it would still incorporated in it; there is no use to protest citing that the views of one side or group or community have not been addressed by it.
DPM Singh said now is the time for gearing up for the reconstruction of the structures damaged by the earthquake and not for disputing over the topics of the constitution, stating that the draft has given place to the commitments all the parties represented in the Constituent Assembly (CA) made before the people through the first and second CA elections.
Moreover, he said for the reconstruction and rehabilitation as the present government is a people-elected and democratic one the donor agencies have pledged to provide a support of Rs 440 billion to Nepal, further stating that the amount would be spent in a transparent manner.
The public-private partnership policy would be adopted in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the quake-damaged structures, the Deputy Prime Minister said. He further expressed the governmentâ€™s desire to working together with the private sector in the campaign of economic development. Acting President of FNCCI Murarka called on the government to create employment in the rural areas and to increase the investment in the hydropower, agriculture and tourism infrastructures.
He also stated the private sector was ready to extend support to that end and stressed on the need for the government to adopt the policy of public-private partnership model in the post-quake reconstruction and rehabilitation programme.
The government should take the private sector into confidence for political stability in the country after the new constitution is issued which will spur economic growth and dynamism in infrastructure development, FNCCI vice-president Kishor Pradhan added.