Nepal has regressed on Open budget Index as shown on the latest survey report published by the International Budget Partnership’s (IBP).
Transparency Index has dropped to 41 in 2019 from 52 on 2017 on Open Budget Survey (OBS) – the research instrument using internationally accepted criteria to assess public access to central government budget information, formal opportunities for the public to participate in the national budget process; and the role of budget oversight institutions such as the legislature and auditor in the budget process.
This survey is based on a questionnaire completed in each country by independent budget experts: Taranath Dahal and Krishna Sapkota of Freedom Forum for Nepal.
This survey finds that Nepal has decreased the availability of budget information by failing to publish the In-Year Reports (Quarterly Economic Bulletins) online within three months of the end of the reporting period, failing to publish part of the Year-End Report (Annual Progress Assessment Report-2017-18).
With the view of drawing government attention to this report and its recommendations which would be useful for the government to initiate reforms in budget processes and policies; at a time when the executive is presenting the federal budget in the parliament on May 28 (14 Jestha), we, Freedom Forum, have circulated the Open Budget Nepal Survey 2019 (Both Nepali & English Edition) to following Government Personals, Appointees and Elected Officials.
|Mr Lok Darshan Regmi||Chief Secretary||Government of Nepal||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Mr. Rajendra Phuyal||Secretary||National Assembly||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada||Minister||Ministry of Finance||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Mr. Sishir Kumar Dhungana||Secretary||Ministry of Finance||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Mr. Ram Sharan Pudasaini||Revenue Secretary||Ministry of Finance||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Mr. Uttar Kumar Khatry||Spokesperson||Ministry of Finance||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Mr. Dhaniram Sharma||Chief, Budget and Program Division||Ministry of Finance||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Mr. Jhakka Prasad Acharya||Joint Secretary||Ministry of Finance||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Mr. Yam LalBhusal||Joint Secretary – Economic Policy Analysis Division||Ministry of Finance||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Hon. Tanka Mani Sharma||Auditor General of Nepal||Auditor General of Nepal||Babarmahal, Kathmandu|
|Mr. Ramu Prasad Dotel||Deputy Auditor-General||Office of the Auditor General||Babarmahal, Kathmandu|
|Mr. Gopi Prasad Mainali||Secretary||Financial Comptroller General Office||Anamnagar, Kathmandu|
|Honourable Krishna Prasad Dahal||President||Finance Committee, House of Representatives||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Honourable Bharat Kumar Shah||President||Public Accounts Committee, House of Representatives||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Mr. RojNath Pandey||Secretary||Public Accounts Committee – Parliament of Nepal||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Prof. DrPushma Raj Kandel||Honourable Vice-Chair||National Planning Commission||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Mr. Kewal Prasad Bhandari||Secretary||National Planning Commission||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Mr Shiva RanjanPoudel||Information Officer||National Planning Commission||Singha Durbar, Kathmandu|
|Mr. Ramesh Prasad Shiwakoti||Coordinator||PEFA Secretariat||Anamnagar, Kathmandu|
|Mr. Mun Kumar KC||Member||PEFA Secretariat||Anamnagar, Kathmandu|