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Budget 2078/79 highlights | Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

30th May 2021
"The Government of Nepal has included many ICT, telecom sector strategies for IT growth going into the next fiscal year 2078/2079."

The Government of Nepal has included many ICT, telecom sector strategies for IT growth going into the next fiscal year 78/79.

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Following are all the ICT related plans and policies for the next fiscal year 2078/79 announced in the budget speech of the government.

  • Health Service via Tele-Medicine

Nepal Government has taken the initiative of providing health care via telemedicine. That means the government will use electronic means to provide health care to the public, especially to those living in rural areas.

  • Laptops At 1% Interest

The finance minister has announced that students will be able to buy a new laptop (Rs 80,000) at just 1% of the interest rate. As the Nepal government wants to leap forward in digital scope, access to devices and broadband internet would be key. However, this policy is meant for only those students who have enrolled in government institutions.

  • Plans For Digital Maps And Smart Krishi

The finance minister also laid out plans to further enhance Smart Krishi. The government will refine the NELIS service. It helps people look up their property on the web and also print digital maps. The finance minister announced that the government will digitize most of its land-related processes in the next fiscal year. All the land-related works at District Land Revenue Offices or Malpot will be shifted online. This means the public will be able to register and transfer land ownership. Beginning with the next fiscal year, land measurement, mapping, field book, plot registration will be done electronically via the MeroKitaa program countrywide. Similarly, the government will provide information related to agriculture via mobile apps.

  • Bill Book Renewal Online

Heading into the next fiscal year, the government has planned to shift bill book renewal online. This will rid the vehicle owners of inconvenient and long queues to the concerned transport offices.

  • Nagarik App Integration

The government will integrate all of its services into the popular Nagarik app in installments. The government launched the full version of the mobile app back on May 3 and will bring in many government services within its interface.

  • GPS Tracking For Tourists

To ensure the safety of visiting tourists, the government will develop a GPS tracking system next fiscal year.This will benefit tourists who visit Nepal and visit the remote areas or come for mountaineering or adventure sports purposes.

  • Vehicle Tracking

To keep updated with vehicles’ movement, the government will launch a program for vehicle tracking. There will also be a provision of online tickets for public transport. The government will also provide radio frequency equipped embossed number plates for vehicles as well as electronic licenses to track their movement or location. This will help as an anti-theft protocol as well as pinning their location in case of accidents.

  • Portal For E-Learning

The government will solidify its e-learning strategy in the next fiscal year. There will be an arrangement for a Sikai portal to encourage remote or online learning. This will benefit those who are deprived of education due to lack of school infrastructure or in case of emergency such as the ongoing pandemic. However, it will also work in tandem with regular schools and help further grow IT skills among the pupils.

  • eCommerce By Postal Service

Coming fiscal year, the government will utilize the postal service for eCommerce delivery. The government will set up a team to explore its possibility and derive its conclusions according to the report.

  • Madan Bhandari Technical Univerisity

Hon. Finance Minister also announced that Madan Bhandari University of Science and Technology will begin its curriculum next fiscal year. The long-proposed university is located in Chitlang of Makawanpur district. He also revealed the plan that the government will establish one school for technical education in every ward.

  • VAT Benefits On QR Pay

From next fiscal year, you will receive a 10% VAT refund for the goods you purchase and pay via QR code. This policy will encourage online payment and bring digital habits among consumers.

  • National Payment Switch

According to the finance minister, the government will bring the long-awaited National Payment Switch into operation from the next fiscal year. The switch will integrate various online payment gateways and facilitate electronic transactions easier. The Finance Minister stated that National clearing House Ltd. is currently working on it and will introduce the Switch soon.

  • Digital Passport

The government will integrate a QR code into Passport from the next fiscal year. There will be a biometric feature to render its passport and visa proceedings advanced and digital.

  • Fiber Expansion

It was also announced that the government will lay optical fiber across the country in two years. The fiber across major highways as planned will install information highway for the enhanced and highly capacious transmission backbone network. Similarly, the internet cables in cities will be shifted underground to rid of the cables which have corrupted the look of cities as well as risked safety for people.

Broadband Internet Via RTDF

The government will continue its broadband net expansion in the next fiscal year utilizing the Rural Telecommunications Development Fund. The policy seeks to provide broadband fiber internet at every local level in the country for a high-speed reliable connection. 

  • Mobile Device Management System

The Finance Minister also made the announcement regarding the Mobile Device Management System. (MDMS). This system allows the authorities to control and enforce the government’s policies on smartphones and tablets. MDMS is a software that keeps a record of smartphones, tablets, and other network devices brought from official channels and blocks all others. The long-awaited project is aimed to curb the business of grey devices in the country.

Using MDMS, the government will disable the grey phones from Shrawan 1st onwards. The grey phone that enters Nepal through illegal channels has cost the government huge revenues every year and now it is toughening up the stance on it.

  • Free SIM Card For Students Above 16

To broaden communication and broadband access among the youth, the government will provide a SIM card each for those above 16.The government will distribute free sim cards after confirming the eligibility in the next fiscal year. The plan will benefit the fresh SEE passed-out students who will be enrolling into +12 (previously High School).

  • 4G Across The Country

 Within the next fiscal year, the government plans to expand the fourth-gen network across the country to every local level. 

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Godrej Launches VIROSHIELD In Nepalese Market

21st April 2021
"This device delivers 99%+ disinfection against COVID-19 and other pathogens in 2-6 minutes."

Godrej Appliances is one of the most admired Nepal’s Home Appliance Brand.

Many Godrej’s home appliances products like Single Door Refrigerator, Double Door Refrigerator, Washing Machine, Microwave Oven, Chest Freezer, etc. product range are available in Nepalese market.

Looking at the present pandemic situation, Godrej Appliances forays into the health and hygiene space with its newly launched Godrej VIROSHIELD in the market.
Godrej VIROSHIELD is made available in the Nepalese market that is UVC Technology-based disinfecting device.

This device delivers 99%+ disinfection against COVID-19 and other pathogens in 2-6 minutes.

It is well placed to disinfect anything – grocery packs, vegetables, packaged food items, mobile phones, masks, gloves, thermometer, gold ornaments, tablets, headphones, documents, small gifts, car keys, toys, currency notes, wallets, to accessories like a wrist watch, sunglasses, shoes, books, stationary and many others.

Its larger volume of 30 L is available in the market and the disinfect capacity helps you sanitize more items together at one go or larger item and saves time & energy.

Godrej VIROSHIELD has been certified by ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research).

You can shop any Godrej’s products at its authorized distributor store – CG EOL.

Compiled by : Reviewer Raj Kapali