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npc target to make nepal a developing country in ten years

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Kathmandu, July 5: The National Planning Commission has tabled the draft of the 13th plan with an ambitious goal to transform Nepal from least developed country to a developing country in the next ten years.

The long-term goal of the new three-year plan is to make Nepal a developing country by 2022. The draft of the interim plan was tabled before the National Development Council today.

The meeting of the Council, the apex body that approves the development plans of the government began here today. Chairman of the Council of Ministers Khil Raj Regmi, ministers, Secretaries, heads of security agencies, University office-bearers and private sector representatives are taking part in the two-day meeting.

The proposed draft also targets to bring down the population below the poverty line from existing 23 per cent to 18 per cent with an economic growth rate of 6 per cent.

Other goals of the plan are to achieve an annual growth rate of 4.5 per cent in the agriculture sector, take life expectancy to 71 years, employment growth rate to 3.2 per cent and the maternal mortality rate to 134 per 100,000.

Hydropower and energy development, increasing agricultural productivity, basic education and health, drinking water and cleanliness, good governance, tourism, and industry and trade are areas of priority in the plan.

Inaugurating the meeting, Chairman Regmi appealed to all sides concerned to work honestly towards upgrading Nepal to the state of a developing country in next ten years.

"Upgrading Nepal to a developing nation is possible as one of the three indicators has already been achieved", he said while calling for increased contribution of the private and cooperatives sector towards that end.

Stating that our social development should bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, Chairman Regmi made it clear that the only goal of the present government was to hold elections in November 19 and appealed for support of all sides to make it a success.

"It is our common duty and responsibility to ensure elections in the announced date", he said.

Vice-chairman of National Planning Commission Dr Rabindra Kumar Shakya said the new three-year plan lays emphasis on increasing economic growth and on agriculture and tourism.

Chief Secretary Lilamani Poudel expressed the view that the plan should be practical and should encourage the youth to live and work inside the country.

NPC Secretary Yubaraj Bhusal and Finance Secretary Shanta Raj Subedi also expressed their views on the occasion. RSS

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