The Office of the President has sought Rs 160 million from the state coffers to buy an armored car and a fleet of vehicles to escort President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
Though the government has already agreed to provide Rs 40 million for the purpose, the President’s office last week asked the Ministry of Defense (MoD) to arrange an additional Rs 120 million stating that the current budget was insufficient to buy the car of President Bhandari’s taste.
The estimated cost is based on the initial price assessment report prepared by Nepal Army (NA) which has been asked to procure the vehicles. NA reportedly came with the proposal after holding preliminary talks with some car manufacturers.
“The President’s office has notified that the Rs 40 million pledged by the Ministry of Finance is not enough. An additional Rs 120 million has been requested for the presidential fleet,” said a highly-placed MoD source.
Confirming the correspondence between the President’s office and NA, MoD Spokesperson Uttam Prasad Nagila said the ministry would soon decide what to do with the proposal. written nagarik news.
In the prime ministerial election held in the Parliament on June 6, Deuba had secured 388 votes, eight short of two-third majority in the 593-member Parliament. The RPP, with 35 lawmakers, had supported Deuba’s premiership.
Nepali Congress has 207 lawmakers in the Parliament, CPN-MC 81, RPP 35, Nepal Democratic Forum 14, RJP-N 25, Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal 15, CPN-United 3, Samajbadi Janata Dal 1 and Akhanda Nepal Party 1. Lawmakers from these parties had voted for Deuba in the prime ministerial election.
Main opposition CPN-UML and some fringe parties had voted against Deuba then. Nepal Parivar Dal, which has two lawmakers in the Parliament, had not voted for or against Deuba.