After much drama and last minute bickering between the ruling coalition and regional parties, Finance Minister Bharat Mohan Adhikari was finally able to present Nepal’s budget for fiscal year 2011/12 to the parliament today. But things were not smooth.
Finance Minister was accused of leaking the budget to the media well ahead of formal presentation to the Parliament. The opposition parties demand his resignation over this “leak”.
Salokya, blogger at popular Nepali blog Mysansar, says that last year and year before that, the budget used to be released online as the Finance Minister is presenting it to the parliament. He can personally attest to that.
Official response to the growing controversy, from Energy Minister Gokarna Bista, says that the budget was provided online as a tradition and it was not leaked.
So, if providing the budget online as the presentation is ongoing happened last year (and no one then raised any questions about that), why is the opposition so concerned about this “leak”this year? Are they using/abusing the budget to settle political scores? or is this just a gross misunderstanding?
It is a combination of both.
This tweet from Deepak Adhikari is telling of the way the government/political system views internet and information technology. Government offices in Dillibazar will now get computers( if the budget is implemented as intended).