Lawmakers express qualm over govt decision to provide Rs 5 million to leader Koirala



Kathmandu : The parliamentarians from various political parties, including the major opposition CPN-UML, have expressed their disagreement with the government’s decision to provide Nepali Congress leader Sujata Koirala Rs 5 million for the treatment of breast cancer.
A meeting of Cabinet on Sunday had made decision to this effect.
Speaking in the ‘special hour’ in today’s meeting of the Legislature-Parliament, Prakash Jwala argued that the decision to avail leader Koirala the amount from the state coffers in an ad- hoc manner (without proper working procedure) had send a wrong message among the public.
Jwala condemned, “It is utterly wrong to make decision to fund upto Rs 5 million for the treatment of a resourceful person while ordinary citizens are dying in want of treatment.”
Comparing two incidents – the government providing Rs 6 million to former President Dr Ram Baran Yadav for his treatment and some allowances to his aide and a woman from Rolpa dying in Bhairahawa due to financial constraint, Jwala questioned, “How could this be justified?”
He also drew the attention of the government towards formulation of proper working procedure for providing financial assistance in such cases.
Similarly, Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal Dilanath Giri spoke of the need for the Minister of Health to give clarification to the Parliament for making such a decision.
He stated that it was a wrongdoing in itself to provide money from the state coffer to those with access and influence and the leaders of the same political party while the Minister goes on publicizing about introducing new working procedure.
Likewise, Rastriya Janamorcha’s Meena Pun asserted that it was illegal and against the right to equality to grant monetary assistance to former ministers out of pressure while cases of patients falling to death in lack of treatment and dying due to financial constraint were being reported.
Moreover, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Dulari Harijan and Nepali Congress’ Ishwari Neupane have raised their voices on contemporary issues in the meeting.
Similarly, CPN (ML) lawmaker CP Mainali opined that the naturalized citizenship holders should not be allowed to hold key constitutional posts. He insisted on logic and rationale for considering amendment in the new constitution.
Nepal Workers Peasants Party lawmaker Anuradha Thapa said that the government should not provide treatment expenditure to those who are well off.
Likewise, UML’s Chudamani Jangali drew the attention of the government towards inconvenience facing the aspiring migrant workers queuing longer in front of the Foreign Employment Promotion Board. He urged the concerned authority to take note of this situation and ease the process at the earliest for them.