Monday, 2nd March 2015

Major parties not in favour of awarding dual-citizenship to NRN’s: Rawal

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Former Home Minister and senior CPN (UML) leader Bhim Rawal has revealed that the major political parties of the country have already reached an agreement not to afford dual-citizenship to Non-resident Nepalis (NRNs).

But although the longstanding demand of the NRN’s for dual-citizenship would not be met in its entirety, other demands and concerns put forth by the NRN’s would nevertheless be addressed, reports quoted Rawal as saying during his address to the Third National Convention of Pravasi Nepali Manch, Britain in London on Sunday.     

The statement by Rawal has come at a time when concerns are being raised about some high-level government officials secretively holding foreign permanent residencies. The Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (PMO) had also recently called on all to notify the authorities about such government officials.

Meanwhile, Rawal further revealed that the first Constituent Assembly (CA), however, has already reached an agreement to provision a special identity cards to all Nepalis living abroad (who have taken foreign residential permit or citizenship) in order to allow them to visit Nepal freely (without visa requirement) and grant them the rights to invest, own property as well as other fundamental rights in Nepal.     

Rawal also made it clear that the top leaders of major political parties are only giving false hopes to Nepali people residing abroad by making speeches in favour of dual-citizenship for NRNs.

Because of this very dual nature of the Nepali political parties and leaders the country is reeling under the pro-longed transition, the former home minister said.



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