Public feedback collection begins

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Public feedback collection begins

Jul 15, 2015-

The Committee on Citizen Relation and Public Opinion Collection has started gathering public feedback on preliminary draft of the new constitution across the country.

Printed copies of the preliminary draft of the new charter have reached municipalities and villages, the committee said on Wednesday, adding that it has directed chief district officers, chief of municipalities and villages to hold public hearings on the draft constitution.

Committee member Prabha Devi Bajracharya informed that staff of Constituent Assembly (CA) Secretariat had reached all 240 electoral constituencies. They, together with local government staff mobilised for the purpose, have started sending in feedback to the committee, according to her.

Till Wednesday evening, the committee has received more than 4,000 pieces of feedback on various provisions of the draft constitution--mostly related to preamble, federalism, form of government and provisions on citizenship, she said. “We are also receiving feedbacks from fax, telephone and websites, the process is going on smoothly.”

Lawmakers, who had been busy in the budget process, will start visiting their electoral constituencies beginning Friday.

More than 590 lawmakers have been deployed for the collection of feedback on the draft constitution, with top leaders pledging to engage in public hearings in their respective constituencies.  

On July 9, the full House of CA had endorsed a 15-day action plan to gather public opinion on the draft constitution. The collected suggestions will be forwarded to the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee for deliberations.

However, the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) has announced not to be a part of the public opinion collection process, saying that its demands are not addressed in the draft. On Wednesday, the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal also decided to boycott the process, saying that it was in breach of the Supreme Court order. The drafting process has also undermined the agreements made by the previous CA, the Upendra Yadav-led party said.“We won’t be part of the process and give continuity to our protest programme.”

The CA aims to issue the new statute by mid-August.

Published: 16-07-2015 07:46

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