We have taken proactive measures by identifying the issues, with the goal of enhancing the quality of education.

Among the four rural municipalities in Kaski, Madi Village holds the distinction of being the largest in terms of geographical area, encompassing 12 wards. Madi village occupies an area of 563 square kilometers, which is almost 27 percent of Kaski district.

Here is an edited part of the conversation between Sanjay Ranabhat, INSEC District Representative, Kaski and Devijung Gurung, who was elected as the Chairperson of Madi Rural Municipality in the election held on May 14, 2022:

What kind of services is the municipality providing in terms of education?

Madi rural municipality is bigger than the Parbat district of Gandaki province. Not just Rural Municipalities but there are also many wards within the local level, especially in Madhi Rural Municipality. This rural municipality, consisting of 12 wards, can be said as the largest one  in Gandaki Pradesh. On the other hand, there are geographical challenges as well. There are altogether 51 schools and among them 10 are secondary schools.

Although everything is fine from a physical perspective, some schools lack students. The  buildings are better than the market. However, the number of students is low. In other words, according to our statistics, there are 2,500 to 2,700 students up to class 12 in the whole village. We are also identifying problems under the leadership of the principal to increase the number and quality of education. Additionally, we have implemented free education up to the 12th grade within the village. In certain wards, we are optimizing the utilization of resources to acquire vehicles for schools with support from the rural municipality.

How is the budget allocated and utilized in the realm of human rights for the current financial year?

The situation of human rights in the rural municipality is very good till date. We are working in coordination with the Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC) in the terms of human rights. The program is being conducted and public awareness is being spread with their suggestions.

We are implementing the necessary actions as required. Some sporadic incidents are being addressed through the judicial committee of the rural municipality.

We are collaborating closely with the local area development organization to proactively mitigate such incidents. Furthermore, we have allocated a budget of Rs 10,000 for reforming each area.

How can this situation of residents having to travel for hours from the rural municipality to Pokhara Metropolitan City for healthcare be effectively resolved or alleviated?

There are 16 health posts in our Rural Municipality. In case of general illness, treatment would be done in the Rural Municipality itself. However, in the case of long-term illness that requires surgery, people have to reach Pokhara. To end this situation, a hospital with 1,500 beds is being built in Ward No. 7 within the rural municipality. The establishment of this hospital will  resolve numerous challenges. For prevalent illnesses, medical care will be readily available within the Rural Municipality. In cases where specialized treatment is essential, the Rural Municipality has taken measures to provide ambulance services for the transfer of patients to Pokhara. Till date,we have been utilizing this ambulance service to transport such cases to Pokhara. Similarly, the Rural Municipality has provided free health insurance for Dalits and the marginalized group. They are getting health services through free insurance.

What is the total number of laws and their specific categories that the rural municipality has enacted to date?

All the work done in the rural municipality is being done according to the constitution. In addition, whatever laws have been made, they are all human rights friendly. The rural municipality formulates its laws with careful consideration for human rights, ensuring that all enacted legislation and regulations prioritize human well-being. A total of 80 laws have been made within the rural municipality. Efforts are underway to develop the required regulations and procedural frameworks for the effective implementation of these laws.

What initiatives and programs has the rural municipality implemented to promote the inclusion of women, children, minorities, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, the Dalit community in the broader state mainstream?

The rural municipality is working seriously on the rights of women, children, minorities and senior citizens. In order to integrate them into the mainstream of the state, the rural municipality has formulated policies, implemented programs, and allocated budgets. Even though there is no budget, the Rural Municipality is working to provide service facilities and rights to such people by collecting them from other sources.