Nepal’s Provincial Chief Ministers Press For Devolution of Power

Provincial leaders in Nepal blame federal government for slow implementation of devolution

The centralized mindset of the federal government is the major hurdle to full-fledged functioning of the provincial governments, according to six chief ministers who gathered in Kathmandu to participate in a panel discussion on the subject of devolution in February 2019.

The newly drafted laws and the delay in delegating fiscal authority to the provincial and local governments reflect the federal government’s unwillingness to embrace federalism wholeheartedly and go against the constitution, they said.

“The Centre must understand that the provinces were set up to implement their own vision and policies based on need rather than its prescriptions,” said Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung of Gandaki Province. “That the Centre will decide the fate of the provinces is a major obstruction.”

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