Parties to unify through special House session

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 4, 2015-

The three major parties—Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist)—on Monday agreed to table a special motion with a commitment for a speedy reconstruction and rehabilitation at a Parliament session scheduled for Thursday.

A meeting of the parties held at Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s official residence in Baluwatar entrusted the government to prepare a detailed plan of reconstruction and rehabilitation.

The major parties will also make a commitment at Parliament to work in unity to provide relief packages to the quake-affected people and undertake reconstruction activities.

The special motion, according to leaders, is being brought to assure the quake-hit people that the government and the parties stand in unity while the country is in crisis following the natural disaster. The government and the parties have been under fire for their slow rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake. “Top leaders of the major parties have agreed to move ahead preparing a comprehensive plan,” said UML leader Bhim Rawal. The political document endorsed by Parliament will be the basis for the government’s rehabilitation and reconstruction plan.

Maoist leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the joint policy and programme will be endorsed through all-party consensus at Parliament. Despite reports of disputes among parties over relief distribution, leaders believe that all-party consensus would make the rehabilitation and reconstruction works easier.

The parties, according to Rawal, will underline a tentative plan and policy based on which the government will prepare detailed plan of action consulting with experts and political leaders.

The government was earlier planning to call budget session without calling winter session of Parliament. The opposition parties that have been boycotting Parliament will also join the special House session.

On Sunday, Speaker Subas Nembang had urged the chief whips of major parties to make preparations for tabling a special resolution at Parliament to provide a message to people that leaders despite their differences on political agendas are working in unity to provide relief to quake victims.

The CPN-UML has prepared 11-point document for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of earthquake-hit areas. The party has proposed forming a separate ministry for natural disaster and reconstruction. The party has proposed providing Rs 1 million each for the families who lost their home due to the earthquake.

Published: 05-05-2015 08:42

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