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Law Ministry to hold final talks on basic rights today

  • Line ministries fail to submit drafts as deadline lapses
- TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu

Jul 18, 2018-

With the concerned ministries failing to submit their related drafts to ensure implementation of the fundamental rights enlisted in the constitution, the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs is holding final talks with the concerned ministries on Wednesday.

The Law Ministry is considering to have integrated single law to ensure timely implementation of the fundamental rights, however officials said they were yet to finalise the modality to ensure timely laws.

At a time when the government has barely two months to draft necessary laws to ensure implementation of 31 fundamental rights, the Law Ministry is under pressure to draft at least 17 laws as the federal parliament is seeking business after endorsing the budget.

Monday was the deadline for all ministries to submit their comments on the drafts. Many ministries failed the deadline.

Law Minister Sher Bahadur Tamang said, “We are discussing whether to draft single integrated law incorporating different fundamental rights so as to ensure the laws by the stipulated time.”

The failure of ministries to respond within the deadline sent Law Ministry into panic mode. It called for an emergency meeting today to assess the problem.

The meeting resolved to hold final talks with the respective ministries that did not respond. Minister Tamang would hold further discussions on Wednesday.

Law Ministry Spokesperson Ramesh Dhakal said, “We shall find a solution to the problem after Law Minister holds final discussions with the respective ministries.”

From the 31 fundamental rights, the government has to draft 17 laws. Some have to be written from scratch. Law ministry had sent the ministries the list of necessary laws that have to be drafted.

 Amendments to existing acts related to rights of children, elderly people, rights of victims of crime, rights against torture, right to clean environment, right to education and women’s rights among others would cater to the related fundamental rights.

The new Constitution of Nepal promulgated in 2015 has listed 31 fundamental rights from Article 16-46. These would be implemented after drafting the necessary laws within three years. This deadline ends on September 18, 2018.

Published: 18-07-2018 07:39

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