Nepali Congress boycotts Parliamentary Hearing Committee meeting

- Sanjaya Lama, Kathmandu

Feb 3, 2019-

The main opposition Nepali Congress has boycotted the Parliamentary Hearing Committee meeting expressing dissatisfaction over the recommendation of chairpersons in the five constitutional commissions.

The party boycotted the meeting by sending a note of dissent in the meeting of Parliamentary Hearing Committee summoned for Sunday.

The Parliamentary Hearing Committee meeting was summoned today to discuss the complaints against the proposed chairpersons of the various five constitutional bodies.

The note of dissent states that the recommendation of chairpersons to the constitutional commissions was illegal as it was made without giving any notice to the opposition party leaders.

According to Article 284 of the Constitution, an opposition party leader is the statutory member of the constitutional council. Likewise, a provision in the Act related to Constitutional Council states that all the members of the constitutional council must be notified 24 hours before the meeting.

The Constitutional Council had recommended the chairpersons of five constitutional commissions on January 20.

Former secretary Balananda Poudel was nominated the chairman of the National Natural Resource and Fiscal Commission.

Provincial governments had long been demanding the federal government to appoint the leadership of the commission, citing difficulty in carrying out their activities.

The council also nominated former finance secretary Shanta Raj Subedi as the chairman of the National Inclusive Commission and Bijay Kumar Datta as the chairman of the Madhesi Commission.

The name of Bishnu Prasad Chaudhary was forwarded as the chairman to the Tharu Commission and Samim Ansari to the National Muslim Commission.



Published: 03-02-2019 14:19

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