The External Affairs Ministry should be mindful of its perception in Nepal and should adopt a more nuanced approach while negotiating with the Nepalese government on the political question of Madhesi community, a parliamentary panel said today.
In a report tabled in the Lok Sabha, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs also criticised the ministry for failing to develop a focused budgetary planning process to ensure proper allocation and spending of the funds.
The panel also slammed the ministry for reduction of budgetary allocation for 2016-17 at the revised estimate stage.
It said till end of third quarter of the current fiscal, the MEA has been able to spend only Rs 8,950 crore leaving a massive amount of Rs 4,476 crore unspent.
On India's ties with Nepal, it said "India primarily suffers from a problem of perception in the country rather than that of projects.
"The Committee would, therefore, desire that the ministry should negotiate the political question of Madhesis in a more nuanced manner so as to be more mindful of perceptions in the Nepal Valley."
It also said that India should strictly adhere to various timelines related to post-earthquake reconstruction work to ensure its completion on a mission mode.
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