Dhangadhi, July 3: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said development and prosperity in the country is not afar if we became able to ensure sufficient infrastructure development such as roadways, electricity and irrigation facilities, preconditions for development.
While inaugurating a ‘workshop on the management of socio-economic development and roadmap preparation of Province no.7 (far-west)’ amidst a programme here today, the Prime Minister, also the chair of Far-Western Development Council, pledged to increase budget for the development of Province no.7.
A special programme will be brought, laying focus on the acceleration of infrastructure development in the Province no.7, he said, adding that a special priority would be given to the construction of road infrastructure so as to get better and affordable ways to transport agro produces to the markets.
“The far-west Nepal is rich in natural resources”, he said, insisting on the need of proper utilisation and sustainable management of such properties gifted by the nature. He was of the view that the proper utilisation of natural resources would help create employment opportunities within the locality specially for youths.
The Prime Minister further shared that the government was doing homework to accelerate the greater development projects such as West Seti Hydropower Project and Pancheshwor Multipurpose Project based in the Province 7 that according to him has abundant potentialities for hydropower development. He took the opportunity to claim that the development of the entire nation including the far-western Nepal would take momentum with the enforcement of the constitution.
Far Western Development Commission Chair Dr Prabhu Budathoki said they were in the mission of building a prosperous far-west zone.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Deuba also launched ‘mobile apps’ from where one can get all information about the far western region. The organiser presented a ‘token of love’ to the Prime Minister.
The two –day event is organised with an objective of formulating a roadmap for the integrated development of province no 7, which lags behind in view of development relatively to other provinces.
Leaders of the political parties, intellectuals, civil society leaders, among others of province no 7 and currently living in capital as well as other places of the country are participating in the workshop.
Chairman of Management Association of Nepal and programme coordinator, Dharmananda Awasthi, said that the preliminary draft would be prepared for the integrated development of province no 7 by the workshop.
Awasthi said that extensive discussion would be held on different issues including formulation of plans for development of far- western Nepal , social development and good governance, human development, physical infrastructure development, integrated development of hydro power, development of economic zone, health, drinking water and agriculture, tourism promotion and its concept during the workshop.