Focus on results, Baskota tells line agency officials
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, July 30: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota Monday instructed its line officials to engage in the result-oriented work performance so as to meet the set annual work plan prepared for the fiscal year 2019/20.
Minister Baskota, who is also the chairman of the Ministerial Development Action Committee (MDAC), said that the Ministry would do necessary monitoring in every two months to ensure result-oriented performance from the concerned offices under the ministry.
“We have already done enough discussions while preparing the work plan for new fiscal year, and I don’t want to say anything more,” Minister Baskota said.
He made this remark while delivering closing remarks of the end of the annual progress review meeting of the fiscal year 2018/19, executed by various government offices under the Ministry, including five government media houses at the ministry today.
Secretary at the Ministry Mahendra Man Gurung said the office bearers, who would fail to perform their task as mentioned in the work performance evaluation agreement within the deadline would be punished.
Overall financial expenditure status of the Ministry and its lined offices for the fiscal year stood at 80 per cent, he said.
Pointing to some exemplary progress achieved by some government units under the Ministry, Secretary Gurung said that Gorkhapatra Corporation in the last few months had made an amazing performance making its publications attractive and readable after enhancing layout, design and content of the publications.
Presenting the annual budgetary progress report of the fiscal year 2018/19, joint secretary at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology Radhika Aryal said that the Ministry had got a budget of Rs.5.93 billion for the fiscal year, and among them, Rs. 4.37 billion was allocated under the current expenditure and Rs. 1.32 billion for capital expenditure.
Among the budget, 93 per cent of the total budget was spent under current expenditure and 80.39 per cent under capital expenditure, she said.
The total financial progress achieved by the ministry for fiscal year stood at 90.61 per cent, according to her.
During the fiscal year, the Ministry had amended National Broadcasting Act that allowed the State and local governments for issuing renewable and regulations of radio, FM and cable television stations operation in the local bodies.
Similarly, the Media Council Act and a few amendments and integration of the bill was tabled at the federal parliament, and journalist accident insurance policy was going on among them, 254 journalists were registered under the accident insurance policy within the fiscal year.
Journalist Career Fund of Rs. 50.3 million was set up within the period, operation and the establishment of cyber security system monitoring centre at the ministry, and 20 government service offices were integrated into electronic medium, approval of mobile apps to be operated by the government offices, and development of at least one community school as smart school in seven provinces each.
Similarly, the Ministry implemented box office system in all cinema halls of Kathmandu and outside the districts.
Likewise, the programme that will complete this new fiscal year include – tabulation of a prepared bill on National Mass Media to the Ministry Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs for approval and preparation to table Public Service Broadcasting Bill at the Ministry of Council of Ministers, installation of optical fibre in all local levels, and the first phase installation had started from Chiwabhanjyang of Panchthar to Arughat of Gorkha. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had already begun this step from Dhading organising a programme a few months ago.
On the occasion, presenting the annual progress report of the Gorkhapatra Corporation, chief at the planning division of the Corporation Tara Basyal said that Gorkhapatra has been intensively working for its state-level publication from Biratnagar of Morang district from State-1 soon.
The State level office of Gorkhapatra Publication was established at Biratnagar Metropolitan City-19 in Baijanathpur in an area of seven kattha land. Basyal informed only work related to the installation of web off-set printing press was left in the office. Similarly, targeting State-5, GC has been preparing to begin its State level publication from Kohalpur targeting 11 districts of State-5, 10 districts of Karnali State and nine districts of Sudurpaschim State.
Similarly, the GC had begun its digital archiving of the printing press history of the Gorkhapatra Daily and The Rising Nepal, he said.
He also informed that the GC has already begun work of operating its advance online news portal.
He also presented the financial progress of the GC for the fiscal year of 2075/76, which he said stood at 82 per cent and the physical progress of GC was 94 per cent. He also said that the GC had begun process to take the national language pages of the Publication to the State level for its publication from Biratnagar.
Various offices under the Ministry like National Information Commission, Press Council Nepal, Department of Postal Service, Department of Information and Broadcast, Department of Printing, Department of Information Technology, Office of Controller of Certification, National Information Technology Centre, Security Printing Development Committee, Nepal, Television, Radio Nepal, Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Nepal Telecom, Nepal Telecommunication Authority, Film Development Board, and Minimum Wages Fixation Committee presented their annual progress report of the fiscal year.
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