Thursday, 18th September 2014

House meeting: MPs critical of govt functioning


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A majority of the lawmakers speaking in the meeting of the Legislature-Parliament on Tuesday were critical of the government's working style, as they expressed doubts if it could make significant progress except in preparing the draft constitution in the next six months and issuing it in a year's time.

Seeking time from Speaker Subas Chandra Nembang in the meeting today, the MPs expressed dissatisfaction over the tardy progress in constitution writing and the government's half-hearted working style.

They invoked the English saying 'A bad worker quarrels with his tools' to describe the government's working style. The lawmakers said that this laggardness has brought a sense of anger and despondency among the people.
    
They objected to the government's move to reactivating the conflict-era cases, saying that it was against the spirit of the Comprehensive Peace Accord. They slashed out at the government saying revival of the conflict time cases would deal a blow to democracy itself.
    
Agni Prasad Sapkota of the Unified CPN (Maoist) rapped the government for not showing the concern and willingness to write constitution, saying that this attitude of the government has given rise to despondency and angst among the people.

He said that his party was flexible to the maximum extent in regard to constitution writing but would present itself as a thunderbolt if the constitution writing process was delayed. He demanded the government introduce the Bill on the formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances at the earliest.
    
In return, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Narahari Acharya informed the House that the government was preparing to table a bill related to the formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances in Parliament in reference to the Supreme Court order on January 2 to this effect.
    
Minister Acharya also pointed out the need of additional political consultations and discussions on the pending bills so as to avert any political and legality questions on the formation of these commissions.
    
He also said that the government was not backtracking from forming a parliamentary committee for holding the elections in a free, fair and impartial manner in the coming days. He said such a committee would be constituted soon based on political consensus.
    
In today’s meeting, Ram Krishna Yadav of the Nepali Congress objected to police firing in the air at the Dhawauli exam centre in Dhanusha district on Tuesday under the ongoing School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examination. He called for an impartial investigation into this incident.


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