Government concerned over lack of proper property record keeping

काठमाण्डु टुडे २०७० मंसिर १४ गते १५:३३ मा प्रकाशित

Kathmandu, Nov. 29: Top government administrators have expressed serious concern over the failure to maintain proper record of public assets across the country.

At a meeting of Public Expenditure and Fiscal Accountability (PEFA) secretariat under the Ministry of Finance (MoF) here on Friday, participating speakers pledged to put in place effective measures to check the misuse of public assets and resources in some of the government agencies, said the MoF sources.

Addressing the meeting, Finance Minister Shanker Prasad Koirala urged the concerned institution to expedite the process of maintaining proper records of public assets.

Assuring that the Finance Ministry would fully cooperate with the initiative, he said the chiefs of concerned offices should be held to account for the protection of public assets.

The government has been emphatically raising the issue of ‘meeting with foreigners’ by crossing the diplomatic decency and fiscal discipline in international arena, Minister Koirala noted, directing the Ministry authorities to act keeping this issue on top priority.

Government Chief Secretary Leelamani Poudel said that the public property has not been carefully protected due to irresponsibility and carelessness on part of administrators.

They themselves are responsible for the mess and that they cannot shy away from their accountability merely by putting allegations on others, he added.

Finance Secretary Shanta Raj Subedi expressed concern for the Ministries equipped with financial resources being unable to expend development expenditure even after the six months of the budget unveiling.

Comptroller General Suman Sharma put forth his view on the implementation aspect of public expenditure and fiscal accountability in Nepal and its plan.

On the occasion, the PEFA secretariat had presented the reports showing the status of public assets in 1,606 government offices across the country.

The report shows that there are 90,630 Ropanis of land and 1,404 RCC buildings as public assets across the country. RSS

Copyright © 2016 Department of Information Reg No:460/074/75 About Us