PRI Holds Interaction with Heads of Policy Divisions of Ministries and Other Government Bodies
Date: 8 December 2021
Location: Policy Research Institute Meeting Hall, Sanogaucharan, Kathmandu
- To identify issues and areas of coordination and collaboration with government ministries and other bodies and explore ways to realise such collaboration with them
- To discuss the expectations of ministries of PRI
Opening and Moderation
PRI Executive Chairperson Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti welcomed the participants and opened the interaction with a brief presentation on PRI covering issues such as strategies, objectives and major achievements over the years. He then passed the floor to the participating dignitaries to share their views and suggestions.
Mr. Gopal Prasad Rimal from the Office of the Attorney General appreciated the development of a national roster of experts and asked PRI to include the expertise available at the Office in the roster of PRI. Mr. Prem Prasad Poudel from the Public Service Commission (PSC) expected PRI to support PSC in formulating its strategic plan, which is aimed at its reform. Recalling the research and policy recommendation of PRI on Election Commission-related issues, Mr. Shaligram Sharma Poudel requested PRI to conduct a study on legal and policy issues related to the voting rights of Nepali citizens staying abroad as per the order of the Supreme Court.
The representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development suggested that the policies and procedures we have are more than necessary and the need of the day is to revise and integrate them. Around 51 per cent of the ministry’s budget, he added, goes for subsidies the impact and worth of which should be researched. Mr. Sankar Nepal from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministries suggested that PRI should focus on the study of major policies to ensure, as per its founding objectives, that national policies cohere, reinforce one another and do not clash. To ensure policy uniformity, he added, PRI should coordinate with various ministries and government bodies as much as possible while setting its research priorities and budgets. Ms. Rita Dhital from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanked PRI for the research that it has conducted on different subject matters related to the Ministry.
Responding to the issues and ideas suggested in the discussion, PRI’s Executive Chairperson Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti underlined the importance of collaboration in research to avoid repetition and ensure value addition. To this end, he added, PRI researchers will bring thematic expertise and methodological rigour. He then thanked all the participants for their time, ideas and willingness to collaborate with PRI and committed to working for policy formulation and innovation in close cooperation with the ministries and concerned government bodies.
Main Points/Achievements of the Interaction
- Information was received on policies being made in different sectors and areas, and those about to be reviewed. It was revealed that some sectors still lack policies and are in need of one.
- The need of an empirical study on the failure of public policies to deliver was underlined. PRI was also suggested to study what should be done to firm up compatibility and integration of policies with the constitution and laws.
- PRI was also asked to offer evidence-based suggestions against forming certain policies that harm the interest of the people. The bureaucracy, society and the public at large should be aware of such harmful policies.
- Offer of collaboration by the participating organizations and suggestion to PRI that it should maximize its efforts to mobilize cooperation and collaboration from all the concerned
- Agreement on firming up coordination and collaboration between PRI researchers and ministry officials.
|S.N.||Name||Representation of ministries/other bodies|
|1||Bikash Poudel||Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development|
|2||Nawaraj Pyakurel||Ministry of Urban Development|
|3||Kabita Niraula Dhungel||Ministry of Defense|
|4||Shaligram Sharma Poudel||Election Commission|
|5||Yogendra Chitrakar||Ministry of Water Supply|
|6||Parashwor Dhungana||Nepal Law Commission|
|7||Prem Prasad Poudel||Public Service Commission|
|8||Gopal Prasad Rijal||Office of the Attorney General|
|9||Bhuwanhari Aryal||National Inclusion Commission|
|10||Rita Dhital||Ministry of Foreign Affairs|
|11||Pradhyuman Raj Pandey||Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development|
|12||Krishna Bahadur Bohara||National Natural Resources and Fiscal Commission|
|13||Janak Raj Joshi||Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation|
|14||Bishnu Raj Dhakal||Ministry of Youth and Sports|
|15||Narayan Prasad Aryal||Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration|
|16||Uttar Kumar Khatri||Ministry of Communication and Information Technology|
|17||Krishna Adhikari||Social Security Fund|
|18||Mohanchandra Biswokarma||Ministry of Forests and Environment|
|19||Sankar Nepal||Office of the Prime Minister and Council of ministers|
|20||Lekhnath Wagle||Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation|
|21||Prakash Pudashaini||Office of the Auditor General|
|22||Ramesh Thapaliya||Federal Secretariat Construction and Management|
|24||Sureshkumar Wagle||Ministry of Urban Development|
|PRI Team and Staffs|