From The Nepali Press
Editorial, Rajdhani, 13 December
FROM ISSUE #226 (17 DEC 2004 - 23 DEC 2004) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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For the last many years, work on local development has slowed down or stopped in many parts of the country. Besides the violent Maoist conflict, other factors like political instability, central government negligence and dysfunctional local government bodies are responsible for lack of development. While the situation is depressing, it has also given citizens a chance to be self-reliant and recognise their strengths by getting involved in local development activities. People in Sankhuwasabha are collecting their own funds and building the Khandbari-Kimathang road. The people of this district have also inspired Nepalis from other districts to follow their example. In Makwanpur's Palung valley, locals have been engaged in building a road with their own resources. Every family member from each household has volunteered to labour for the construction in Daragaun and Bahungaun villages so that the people living there will have access to motor vehicles. In Girkhutar of Nuwakot, villagers are working together to promote rural tourism. For a long time, the government has neglected this historically and culturally significant district. Locals have been working hard to turn Girkhutar into a tourist village like Madanpokhara of Palpa, Ghandruk of Kaski and Sirubari of Syangja. Already several tourists from the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria have halted here for several days.