Speaker Subas Nembang has said the task of writing the draft of a new constitution has begun with a view to promulgating the supreme document within January 22, 2015.
“The drafting of a new constitution has started with the present Constituent Assembly (CA) taking ownership of the agreements reached by the erstwhile CA,” Nembang said.
Addressing a function organised by the Ex-MPs’ Forum on the occasion of the 56th Parliament Day in Kathmandu Monday, Speaker Nembang, also the chairman of Constituent Assembly, said, the CA has been discussing the contentious topics of the new constitution and points of agreements have been taken up in the ongoing constitution drafting process.
He said the constitution writing was in progress in keeping with the promise of the political parties while going to the people in course of the Constituent Assembly election on November 19, 2013 that a new constitution would be produced by January 22, 2015.
The CA chairman also urged people to constantly monitor the constitution writing process.
On the occasion, Speaker Nembang honoured 47 former lawmakers who have completed 70 years of age. Those honoured included Ram Chandra Adhikari, Pashupati Shumsher JBR, Lokendra Bahadur Chand, Hiranya Lal Shrestha, Mukti Prasad Sharma, Durga Kumari Bhattarai, Dinbandhu Aryal, Bhim Bahadur Shrestha, among others. The Forum last year honoured MPs completing 75 years of age.
Minister for Law, Justice, Constituent Assembly and Parliamentary Affairs Narahari Acharya said the former MPs have a crucial role to play in institutionalizing the democratic movement and their views should be recognized.
President of the Forum Taranath Ranabhat reiterated that there is no other alternative to issuing a new constitution on the designated date and called on the political parties to be serious to that end.
The first meeting of the Parliament in Nepal was held on June 30, 1959. The parliament meeting was chaired by the then Speaker, late Krishna Prasad Bhattarai. The Forum has been marking the Parliament Day commemorating the day on which the country’s parliament held its first meeting