Federal Parliament's third session to commence tomorrow
KATHMANDU: Third session of the bicameral Federal Parliament -- consisting of the House of Representatives (lower house) and the National Assembly (upper house) -- is commencing tomorrow.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari has summoned the session for 4:00 pm. Nepal's constitution has conferred the right of calling and ending the Federal Parliament session to the President, on recommendation of the government.
This winter session of the parliament is regarded as the ‘bill session’ and it will spend its entire duration on discussions on drafts of bills and their endorsements.
Nepal Communist Party (NCP)'s deputy parliamentary leader Subash Nembang was quoted in Rastriya Samachar Samiti as saying that the major responsibility of this session would be to carry out discussions on draft bills, analyse them and pass the documents.
He said, the session this time would be special and important as it will see the presentation of an ordinance relating to employees' adjustment, formulation of laws remaining in the common list of rights, as well as amendment or replacement of laws inconsistent with the constitution, to the extent of such inconsistency. As per the provision, laws inconsistent with the constitution either need to be amended or replaced by new ones within March 5, 2019, which marks the completion of one year of the first meeting of Federal Parliament.
Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, said that 165 existing laws out of 339 are complete as they are in line with the constitution and federalism while remaining others need to be amended or replaced.
"The government has been carrying out activities keeping the list of common rights stipulated by the Constitution and formulation of laws related to transitional justice in priority. There is a pressure as many works including formation of laws have to be completed within a short time-frame," he added.
Although registration of at least 35-40 bills was expected for the same, only three bills have been registered at the Parliament Secretariat so far, it has been learnt.
Ordinance related to Civil Servant Adjustment would be presented in the House on the first day of the parliament as the ordinance was issued at the time when parliament was not in session.
Whip of Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party, Pushpa Bhusal, said that they would raise their voice in the House regarding the lack of government's necessary attention to formulate laws on subjects mentioned in the common list and amendment of contradictory laws.
She said, "We will raise our voice on various issues including corruption, price hike, weaknesses seen in peace and security, and people's concerns."
Constitutional provision states that following parliament session should commence within six months of the ending of first parliament session.
Seven bills registered at House of Representatives and seven bills registered at National Assembly at the time when the erstwhile activities were underway would be sent to each other's Houses for discussion.
The House of Representatives has 275 members while the National Assembly has 59 members. There are 112 women lawmakers in the 334-member Federal Parliament.
Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Nepali Congress (NC), Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN), Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum, Naya Shakti Party Nepal, Nepal Workers Peasants Party, Rastriya Janamorcha and Rastriya Prajatantra Party are representing in the House of Representatives. Chhakka Bahadur Lama is an independent lawmaker.
The NCP (NCP), NC, RJPN and Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum are representing in the National Assembly. In addition to these party representatives, three lawmakers have been nominated by the President.
Likewise, there are 10 parliamentary committees under the House of Representatives, four under the National Assembly, and two joint committees.