Discussion begins  on Citizenship Act 

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Jan 25, 2019-

Deliberation on various bills including the one formulated to consider amendment to the Nepal Citizenship Act-2063 began on Thursday at the State Affairs and Good-Governance Committee of Parliament. 

This amendment bill is considered important in terms of implementation of the constitution. The Members of Parliament had submitted 23 proposals seeking deliberations and amendment to the bill. 

Earlier, the committee had held intensive discussions on the bill with the takeholders. 

At Thursday’s meeting, committee member Janardan Sharma said that consensus on the bill should be sought from the top political leadership. 

Lawmakers Rekha Sharma and Yasodha Gurung said the process of obtaining citizenship, both on the basis of naturalised and descent, should be made easier. 

Stating that some articles in the new constitution relating to the citizenship were not gender-friendly, they said that  citizenship should not compromise one’s dignity. 

Binda Pandey and Hridayesh Tripathi commented that there were 15 issues in the bill for the women to obtain citizenship on the basis of descent and pointed out the need to amend them. 

Prem Suwal said that citizenship obtaining process should not pose threat to national sovereignty while lawmakers Nawaraj Silwal, Jhapat Rawal, Minakshi Jha and Bina Kumari Shrestha said that women’s dignity should be protected while granting citizenship to them. 

Published: 25-01-2019 07:14

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