NC begins discussion on policy, programme

Kathmandu, Feb 23: In view of the general convention approaching round the corner, the Nepali Congress has begun discussion on its policy and programmes in the central committee meeting.

The draft of the party policy and programmes to be presented during the forthcoming general convention was produced in the meeting held under the chairmanship of Acting President Ramchandra Poudel today. A 35-member committee under Poudel’s coordination was formed to prepare the draft of the policy and programmes.
Most of the office bearers and members present in the meeting today put forth their views in the meeting. Central member Navindra Raj Joshi informed that the policy paper has incorporated various issues as implementation of constitution, Tarai/Madhes problems and contemporary politics.
The policy paper has viewed the agitations in Tarai/Madhes as the voice for autonomy, self-respect and identity.
For the improvement of the life in Tarai/Madhes, the party has focused on construction of postal highway, of North-South link road, establishment of railway line, upgrading of existing rural roads, flood control and others.
The party has claimed that it would also lead the phase of the implementation of the constitution.
Moreover, the draft mentioned the materialization of democratic socialism and economic, social and political transformation, stressing national interest, by adhering to the stand taken by BP Koirala.
Building friendly and trustworthy relations with India and China, and maintaining balanced and supportive relations would be prime priority of the foreign affairs of the country, stated the draft.
The economic, social and political transformation, maintaining balance between social justice and economic growth, food and energy security will be the party’s main policy.

Considering health, education and drinking water as basic needs, adopting self-dependent economic policy and stressing on sustainable development are other policies.
The meeting also discussed whether electronic voting could be adopted in party’s upcoming general convention.
Meanwhile, the mahasamiti members and the general convention representatives demanded a 125-member working committee with a president, three vice-presidents, three general secretaries, a treasurer and seven joint general secretaries.
The next meeting has been scheduled for February 25 at NC party Office, Sanepa, said NC Party Office Secretary, Pradeep Parajuli.