Fringe spanner in House proceedings

Kathmandu, January 5:

Scholarship Bill continues to be bone of political contention.

Speaker Subas Chandra Nembang adjourned the regular session of legislature-parliament for the second consecutive day today after fringe parties threatened to disrupt the House proceedings over Scholarship (third amendment) Bill, 2065.

The Bill has proposed to provide nine per cent of the scholarships available with the government in educational institutions to Dalit, Muslim, other backward communities and people from backward regions in the country.

Smaller parties in the Constituent Assembly said the Bill had reduced the quota for these disadvantaged groups from 15 to nine per cent.

They have demanded that the Bill be withdrawn and the quota for these people be increased up to 20 per cent, considering their underprivileged socio-economic condition.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ was supposed to address the House expressing government’s commitment to implement the nine-point agreement, which reached

with the main opposition Nepali Congress on November 11.

But he was not been able to address the House due to fringe parties’ threats to disrupt it for the last two days.

Bishwendra Paswan, leader of Dalit Janjati Party, said the prime minister was ready to withdraw the Bill but was non-committal to table it again with necessary revision as per their demand.

He said the Bill was formulated without taking into consideration any agreed principle.

Results of the MBBS entrance examinations have been affected in the the absence of a the related laws.

Students have been taking to the streets demanding early publication of the results. The House is set to resume tomorrow afternoon. But the spectre of disruption looms large.