DPM Thapa inaugurates BADP project

Gaushala, Jan 21: Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa on Thursday inaugurated the Border Area Development Programme (BADP), a government initiative focused on eight Tarai-Madhesh districts bordering India, at Bardibas in Mahottari district.
The Project, with over Rs 4.9 billion budget, was launched in July 2014 with an objective to develop necessary physical and social infrastructures in those districts.
Mahottari, Dhanusha, Saptari, Siraha,Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara and Parsa districts will see the Project running for the next five years. These districts have low Human Development Index.
On the occasion, DPM Thapa, also Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development, clarified that the differences over the delineation of federal units may take some three months to be addressed, as it is a very ‘complex’ task.
He was of the confidence that the political impasse prevailing in the country, owing to agitation in various districts in Tarai, would be resolved by three months, and urged the agitating Madhesi leaders to consider three months for the same.
Thapa further argued that the protest against the newly promulgated constitution was futile as the national charter secures the rights of all caste and communities in the country.
The BADP will be in effect across 109 VDCs and 7 municipalities in the eight districts.