Saturday, 7th March 2015

House adjourned for seven days, as MPs agree to visit disaster areas

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Legislature-Parliament Building (File Photo : nepalnews)The Legislature-Parliament has postponed all its meetings for seven days, as the Members of Parliament (MPs) have agreed to visit the flood and landslide affected areas across the country.

The House reached a decision to this effect following the UCPN (Maoist)’s protests during the parliament’s meeting, Monday.

The UCPN (M) demanded the MPs to connect themselves with the natural disaster affected people amid a situation of havoc everywhere.

UCPN (M) Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal addressed the parliament for 45 minutes and warned to obstruct the House meeting if his demands were not met. Dahal demanded to declare national emergency to properly address the issues of flood and landslide.

Speaker Subash Nembang then postponed the meeting for 30 minutes providing time to the ruling and opposition parties’ MPs to discuss the issue mutually.

The meeting later resumed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Bamdev Gautam presented a report about the adverse impact of flood and landslide throughout Nepal.

In a period of four months from Baisakh to Shrawan, natural disasters (flood, landslide) have claimed the lives of 142 injuring 82, while 253 have gone missing and 12,750 are displaced, the Deputy PM said, further describing the government’s involvement in rescue and relief operations.

Following the Deputy PM’s address, all other issues were removed from the parliament’s work list and a single document - the National Council Bill, withheld due to lack of quorum in the last meeting, was accepted.

The opposition parties’ protest inside the House has also affected clause-wise discussions on the (Budget) Disbursement Bill.

The ruling political parties - Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, have already pledged financial assistance to the disaster victims. The key opposition party – UCPN (M), too, has announced assistance.

The Legislature-Parliament will next meet on August 26.



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