LLRC likely to submit report on Thursday

  • local level restructuring
- Binod Ghimire, Kathmandu

Dec 13, 2016-

Despite reservations from the Madhes-based parties, the Local Level Restructuring Commission (LLRC) is preparing to submit its final report to the government by Thursday. 

The report will also include the LLRC’s blueprint for carving out local units in Province 2, which has eight districts, where the commission’s technical committees had failed to carry out its work,  largely due to objection from the Madhes-based parties. 

The commission is preparing to finalise 13 local level units each in Saptari and Dhanusha, 14 each in Mahottari and Bara, 11 in Parsa, 12 in Siraha, 15 in Rautahat and 16 in Sarlahi.

The LLRC, which had already compiled its technical committees’ reports on restructuring, was waiting for the reports of eight districts of Province 2. 

After several failed attempts to start work in the districts and thereafter consult the Madhesi parties, the LLRC is finalising the report based on feedbacks from other parties. 

Earlier the government had asked the LLRC to submit its final report by mid-November. 

But the commission had sought one more month, as its technical committees were struggling to start work in the eight districts of Province 2. 

The Madhes-based parties have entirely dismissed the criteria based on which the LLRC is preparing the blueprint for local units (village and municipal councils) whose number will be somewhere between 507 and 744. These parties have maintained that there is no point in carrying out local level restructuring without addressing the row over the provincial boundaries. 

LLRC member Sunil Ranjan Singh said that restructuring of the eights districts of Province 2 had to be started despite non-cooperation from the Madhes-based parties, as the commission was running out of time. “We are in the final stage. We are preparing to submit the report by December 15,”  he said. The restructuring of the local level is a prerequisite to hold local level elections that the government is planning to hold in mid-March. The Election Commission has already said that it will need at least four months after the restructuring of local units to prepare for local polls.

Published: 13-12-2016 08:10

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