KASKI, JUNE 24
Gandaki Province Chief Minister Krishna Chandra Nepali has pledged an adequate supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the province.
Addressing a program, where the annual budget for the metropolitan city of Pokhara was released today, CM Pokhrel clarified that an adequate budget would be provided to meet the need for the COVID vaccine.
He said, however: “Strong coordination between the three levels of government is essential to control and prevent the coronavirus. The provincial government is wondering if it could get vaccines from the private sector.
According to him, the local level, which is the foundation of federalism, must be strengthened and made responsible.
“For this to happen, the federal and provincial governments must play a critical role,” he said.
In addition, he said that democracy could be consolidated with institutional development at the local level.
In addition, CM Nepali considered that a common understanding among all governments was essential to effectively implement the competing powers of the three levels of government.
“Further collaboration and cooperation is needed between local and provincial authorities to accelerate development work and improve income generation,” he said.
He said the provincial government is awaiting cooperation from Pokhara Metropolis in formulating a plan and policy to control COVID-19 and the management of natural disaster survivors.
A version of this article appears in the June 25, 2021 print of The Himalayan Times.