Govt registers 1st constitution amendment bill

KATHMANDU: The government on Wednesday registered a Bill to amend the Nepal's Constitution 2072.

The Bill aims at addressing concerns of agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front.

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Narahari Acharya said the Bill has been registered at the Parliament this evening.

In particular, the Bill seeks amendment to the new constitution on two issues: proportional inclusion in state organs and making population the major basis for delineation of electoral constituencies.

Amendments will be sought on at least three articles – Articles 42, 84 and 286. Participation of defined underprivileged groups in state bodies as per the principle of proportional inclusion will be proposed to be incorporated in Right to Social Justice of Article 42 under the fundamental rights. This is the demand mainly raised by the indigenous communities.

The Bill is likely to be tabled at the Parliament meeting on Friday.

It takes a minimum of 11-12 days to pass a bill if all procedures are followed after tabling it, as there are several steps, including providing three days to lawmakers for registering their amendments on such a bill, holding discussions and so on, according to Speaker Subas Chandra Nembang.

A bill on constitution amendment should be published (through gazette) after it is tabled at the Parliament for people’s information, according to Article 274 (3) of the new constitution.