Currently, the NC office bearers comprise of a party president, a vice president, two secretary generals, a joint secretary general, and a treasurer. The panel has recommended creating one more vice president’s post and three secretary generals.
Poudel said the panel has also suggested increasing the number of central committee members from 85 to 131.
“The panel’s recommendation would be approved during the upcoming Mahasamiti meeting of the party,” Poudel said. The meeting has been scheduled for November 21-25 in Kathmandu.
The panel has also proposed for an eight-layer set-up at the local level, ensuring 33 percent women representation and participation of marginalised and underprivileged groups at all party layers.
“We have yet to discuss and agree on what kind of duties, rights and responsibilities are to be entrusted once the proposed eight-layer structure has been adopted,” said Poudel.
Besides, the NC has also constituted a task force under Secretary-General Purna Bahadur Khadka to collect feedback and suggestions from party workers and supporters on restructuring.
According to Poudel, the issue of changing the existing organisational set-up of the party is not even a debate at this point.
The heart of the matter, according to him, is whether the party should continue to remain a mass-based party or transform into a cadre-based one like other communist forces. The debate is raging at the leadership as well as the cadre level. Whether the party should issue multiple memberships or single membership to those interested to join and work with the party remains undecided.
While some leaders have suggested that the NC should retain its identity of a mass-based party and issue only active memberships, others are for adopting a cadre-based model with multiple membership facilities.