Print Edition - 2015-05-08 | Nation
Parliament mourns earthquake victims
May 7, 2015-
Parliament on Thursday endorsed a special proposal over the loss of more than 7,000 lives and destruction of property, including major heritage sites of the country, in April 25 earthquake. President Ram Baran Yadav, on the recommendation of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, had called the special session to mourn the disaster victims and offer condolence to their families.
A condolence message was also issued over the death of former lawmaker Chakra Bahadur Thakuri, who was killed in a landslide triggered by the earthquake in Nuwakot district.
The next Parliament session will sit on Friday. The government is expected to table a special motion highlighting the policy on relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation. Both ruling and opposition parties are holding discussions to finalise the contents of the motion.
After Thursday’s meeting, senior leader of CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal said the government should come up with a concrete rehabilitation and reconstruction plan, saying that the government has failed to provide
sufficient relief to the quake-affected people, mainly in the rural areas.
Senior Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba said it was time for all the parties to be united and provide relief to the quake-affected people. He informed that the parties were preparing a policy to address the problems faced by the earthquake-hit people.
The meeting of the Constituent Assembly (CA) called for Friday has been postponed for a week as the lawmakers will be busy in parliamentary sessions.
The government plans to conclude the parliamentary sessions within a week and start preparing for the budget session.
Published: 08-05-2015 09:18