Kathmandu, September 7
Chief Commissioner of the National Information Commission, Krishna Hari Baskota has spoken of the need of promoting participatory development process to fulfill the national goal of 'Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali'.
Chief Commissioner Baskota said this while addressing to the 25th anniversary programme of Nepal Participatory Action Network here today. He suggested that the country should be made alcohol-free and self sufficient in food grain, vegetables, fish and meat and employment opportunities for youths should be ensured for the economic prosperity. Baskota added that organic manure manufacturing factories should be opened in all the seven States to replace the use of chemical fertilizer.
He also stressed on making appointment to the top posts in constitutional commissions and diplomatic missions on the basis of open competition and not on political sharing, suggesting constructing the Budhigandaki Hydropower Project with domestic capital, constructing ropeways and promoting adventure tourism for the country's development. Lawmaker Bimala Poudyal said organizations like NEPAN have an important role to play in advocating in the law-making process, policy advocacy and establishing the participatory auditing system at the province and local level.
NEPAN chair Chetnath Kadel, giving a presentation on the works carried out by NEPAN's working committee in the last two years, said that the organization would continue its policy advocacy at the national level. Upreti awarded On the occasion, the 'Prasiddha Kadel Memorial Participatory Development Writing Honour, 2076' was conferred on Dr Bishnu Raj Upreti who has been writing for long on Nepal's development system, conflict and peace process. The Honour carries a purse of Rs 10 thousand.
Upreti is the second person to get the award. The honour was presented to associate professor Gambhir Bahadur Hada last year. A book on participatory development and discourse authored by Dr Bhola Prasad Dahal, a quarterly magazine 'Sahabhagita' and English journal 'Participation' were also launched on the occasion. All these are published by NEPAN. About 300 development workers from all the seven provinces are the members of NEPAN.
Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves.Aaron Swartz