207 local levels fail to unveil budget within deadline

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Kathmandu: A total of 207 local levels are yet to present their estimates of income and expenditure for the current fiscal year 2022/23 within the stipulated date as stated in the constitution.

As per the constitution, the local levels should present the budget by the second week of Asar of the Nepali month (mid-June to mid-July). The federal government is required to present its budget on Jestah 15, the province governments on the first of Asar and the local levels on the 10th of Asar.

Out of the total 753 local levels, 546 have already unveiled their policy and programs and the budget for the current fiscal year.

The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration said 30 of the total 137 local levels in Province 1, 65 of the total 136 local levels in Madhes province, 34 of the 119 local levels in the Bagmati province, nine out of the 85 local levels in Gandaki province, 25 of the 109 local levels in Lumbini province, 19 of the 79 local levels in Karnali province and 25 of the total 88 local levels in Sudurpaschim province have not yet presented their budgets so far.