For the 16th Plan, National Planning Commission's activation, recommendations taken with State Commissions and local governments

Kathmandu: The National Planning Commission has discussed the 16th Plan with the Provincial Planning Commission and local government representatives. In the discussion held in the hall of the commission at Sinha Durbar on Wednesday, the vice-chairmen of all the state planning commissions except Koshi state participated to give suggestions for the 16th plan.

Vice President of National Planning Commission Dr. Meen Bahadur Shrestha chaired the discussion and representatives from District Coordination Committee, Municipal Association and Rural Municipality Association along with the Vice Chairmen of Provincial Planning Commission participated.

Dr. Vice President of Chalaf Commission. Shrestha, members Dr. Ramkumar Phuyal, Dr. Jayakant Raut, Dr. Prabhu Budhathoki, Prof. Dr. RP Viccha, Dr. Rameshchandra Paudel, Dr. Anita Shah Dhungana, Member Secretary Dr. Toynarayan Gyawali was the participant.

Nathu Prasad Chowdhury, Vice Chairman of Madhesh Province Planning Commission, Bagmati Province Policy and Planning Commission Vice Chairman Dr. Dr. Narvikram Thapa, Vice Chairman of Lumbini Province Planning Commission. Nahkul KC, Karnali Province Planning Commission Vice Chairman Yogendra Bahadur Shahi and Sudurpaschim Province Planning Commission Vice Chairman Mohandev Bista suggested.

Similarly, Deputy Secretary General of the Federation of District Coordinating Committees Deepak Gautam, President of Municipalities Association Bhim Prasad Dhungana and Advisor Lekhnath Pokharel on behalf of the National Federation of Rural Villages have given suggestions for the 16th plan.

What was the suggestion?

Most of the suggestions have said that there should be a plan to increase the productivity of agriculture and help in job creation. Similarly, the participants suggested that the 16th plan should pay attention to easy and accessible health services as well as quality education. The Vice Presidents of the Provincial Planning Commission suggest that the 16th Plan should pay special attention to agricultural productivity and employment while improving the deficiencies in the 15th Plan.

It is suggested that a policy should be formulated to use wood products and reduce the current import of furniture as it is possible to contribute 15 percent of the forest area to the total domestic production if the forest can be managed scientifically.

The Provincial Planning Commission and representatives of the local government have given suggestions to the commission such as opening the industry of water flowing from the Himalayas and exporting it, creating jobs through information technology, and focusing on the production of skilled manpower. The commission has already taken suggestions from its former vice president, former members, subject matter experts.

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