September 23, 2021, Thursday
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Governance: key to respond to crisis

The Nepal Weekly
June 23, 2021

The Nepal Weekly | June 22, 2021 | Editorial

Nepal today is facing a crisis which could be termed very complicated and challenging. The monsoon natural disaster has hit the country right at the outset. The same might continue for at least next three months. Flood and landslides have in over 30 different districts resulted in deaths, loss of property and damage to infrastructural projects, and other development projects. The COVID-19-second wave disruptions of various sorts have been affecting the country, its economy and people very adversely for the past three months. No one knows about the actual end or continuity of the Corona virus-related disaster. Many fear it could bring about the third wave soon. The killer disease should have been responded with a robust vaccination programme. But the same is missing and people are compelled to live under fear of the virus infection. Unstable politics particularly unpredictable political party and their leaders have disabled the government machinery in crisis-time. Most in government and in the bureaucracy appear engaged in preparing political narrative for suiting their power-base, image and influence. They look reluctant to tackle problems created by nature man-made disaster, public health problem caused by COVID-19 and the political instability. What has gone missing in the three-dimension problem is the governance. The administrative structure existing in three levels – federal, provincial and local – appear simply unable to respond to the problems at the same time. All the levels appear simply unable to bring about coordination, cooperation, and smart relief packages essential for the people affected by the crisis. This is unfortunate. Political parties understand this but their leaders and cadres are mostly engaged in blame game or strengthening their own power base. As a result of this, the problems people in general are suffering from are either ignored or sidelined. This has resulted in frustration at public level. They have developed a sense of indifference towards the political parties and the government. This feeling at people’s level is dangerous for a democracy. That is why all political parties and the government should now come forward with a clear cut policy to tackle the three dimensional problems of disaster, disease and disorder in politics. Let the sense of governance prevail in the present circumstances.