Wednesday, 4th March 2015

Committee begins process to take ownership of first CA

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The Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Building has started taking the ownership of decisions taken by the first Constituent Assembly (CA).

In a meeting held at Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, on Monday, the Committee endorsed 11 of 48 agreements reached in the first CA’s Dispute Resolution Sub-Committee.

Speaking after today’s meeting, Committee President Baburam Bhattarai said that the new parliament would be bi-cameral with the House of Representatives (Lower House – Pratinidhi Sabha) and the National Assembly (Upper House – Rastriya Sabha).

“In provinces, the parliament will be unicameral. Today, we approved these provisions about the parliament already decided by the first CA’s sub-committee.”

Sub-committee member Rukmini Chaudhary said a decision about setting up a two-tier parliament in centre and one-tier parliament in the provinces will be taken by the Council of Ministers.

The agreements endorsed by the Committee will be forwarded to the CA for detailed discussions.

“Thereby, President Ram Barav Yadav will remove the constitutional hurdle as per the recommendation of the Council of Ministers to pave way for such provisions. Supplementary laws will also be enacted within a year,” Chaudhary said.



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