Taskforce to forward suggestions to LLRC

  • If restructuring report needs to be revised, commission to do so, not govt
- Binod Ghimire, Kathmandu

Feb 5, 2017-

A three-member taskforce formed by the government to study the report prepared by the Local Level Restructuring Commission (LLRC) will mainly focus on complaints from Nuwakot, Khotang and Bajhang and try to find a way to address concerns related to the eight districts of Province 2 where the LLRC’s technical committees had failed to carry out work, a minister said. 

The taskforce, led by Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Hitraj Panday, was formed on Thursday in a bid to address the concerns raised by the Madhes-based parties and resolve the problems in Nuwakot, Khotang and Bajhang that have cropped up against the LLRC report.

The Madhes-based parties have rejected the LLRC report, saying it was prepared without consulting them and locals of the eight districts of Province 2. The Madhes-based parties have also taken exception to the entire criteria of the LLRC.

Minister for Supplies Deepak Bohara and Minister for Industry Nabindra Raj Joshi are the members of the Panday-led taskforce. The taskforce has been given 15 days to submit its suggestions. 

On how the government taskforce plans to move ahead, Minister Bohara said, “We will study the report and put forward our suggestions to the LLRC so that revision can be made accordingly.” 

The LLRC has objected to the government bid to revise the report prepared by it, saying that the LLRC is a constitutional body and any move to tweak the report would be unconstitutional. 

“The taskforce will study the complaints from different districts that suggestions from local and political parties were ignored and then make recommendations to the LLRC accordingly,” said Minister Bohara. “Revisions will be recommended for those places where terms of reference given by the government have not been followed.” 

However, any changes to be made in the report will be made by the commission itself, according to him. Minister Bohara claimed that the taskforce would submit its report long before its deadline so as to give ample time to 

the LLRC to make its final recommendations based on its suggestions. 

The LLRC had submitted its report on January 6 recommending 719 village and municipal councils in the federal set-up. The implementation of the restructuring report is a must to hold the local level elections. 

Following continued protest from the Madhes-based parties, the government on Thursday decided to form a taskforce to study the complaints and issues related to the LLRC report. 

The LLRC report will come into force once the Cabinet approves it and publishes it in the Nepal Gazette. 

Once the report is implemented, the existing 217 municipalities and 3,117 village development committees will be replaced by 719 local structures across the country. 

Published: 05-02-2017 08:10

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