Friday, January 12, 2007

New Nepal. New way maybe

Not much of a politician, but then we are talking about a new Nepal.

One of the restraining factors in the development of a developing country like Nepal is the fact that the power has been centralized for centuries in the central regions; precisely speaking, the capital, Kathmandu. So the logical way out is to decentralize the power around the country. That's why all the talks about independent states seem logical.

But one major drawback that I feel this would have for a small country like Nepal is while the states may be declared independent, with the major power still existing in the urban areas, the rural areas with lesser resources will always lags behind, possibly drastically. To stop that, we could transfer the central power to a remote location. Or to say we could transfer the power source, or so called the cabinet in Nepal, to a more remote place, or an underdeveloped place. With a simple logic where there is power, there will be development.

Nepal Map

With the country divided into five development regions, one way ahead would be to introduce a five year initial plan followed by a long term plan, depending upon the five year outcomes. We could then start off with the least developed regions first, hence the far western region. This will be the new power central in the country, with the cabinet, for one year. All the elected candidates will also be shifted in this region for the particular year. For their convenience and adaptation in the new region, there will also be a separate mini cabinet in each development regions, which will be controlled totally by the people within that region only. So there will be five mini cabinets in five regions all this time for the first five year plan. These mini cabinets will be independent of their own and will provide the guidelines for the actual cabinet. Next year the cabinet shifts to region 2, then region 3 in 3rd year and so on.

The mandatory part will be that all the members of the regular cabinet will be relocated to the new region as it shifts there. Meanwhile the other four regions will be continuously monitored and reported by the independent mini cabinets.

Not sure such shifting cabinets are practiced anywhere else in the world, but I feel it will give a better development environment for current Nepal.



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Colin Campbell said...

I really doubt that the politicians would give up any of their entrenched power. Economic and political power has been centralised in Kathmandu for so long it is difficult to see it changing. When I lived in Nepal, the contrast was very dramatic the further you got out of Kathmandu. Good idea however.