Karnali Chief Minister blames NGOs for dependence


Karnali Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi holds a meeting with EU Ambassador to Nepal, Veronica Cody, in Surkhet, on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Surkhet, May 31

Karnali Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi has called on European Union representatives to focus on development works based on Karnali’s necessities.

Minister Shahi made the remark during a meeting with a delegation led by EU Ambassador to Nepal, Veronica Cody.

Stating that nongovernmental organisations were making Karnali dependent externally through small scale support, Minister Shahi said, “We will accommodate national and international NGOs that make a minimum investment of Rs 10 million that result in sustainable outcome.”

He extended his gratitude to the EU delegation for working for providing nutrition to women and children of the remote Karnali Province.

The Chief Minister was of the opinion that the NGOs increased the external dependence of the Karnali residents by distributing rice grains, noodles and biscuits.

Shahi added that the Karnali government was preparing for a longterm development of the Province and looking to hold an international investment summit to attract investors in near future.

On the occasion, Ambassador Cody said the EU was cooperating with Nepal on multisector nutrition plan. Cody added that EU would soon start the second phase of the programme.

Ambassador Cody and UNICEF Nepal Country Representative Tomoo Hozumi along with the delegation members pledged to work with Karnali’s provincial government as a development partner.