Kathmandu, September 17
Following the passage of bills related to fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution, the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs will now focus on reviewing more than 100 laws that contradict the new constitution, officials at the ministry told mediapersons at a press conference today.
Contradictory laws should be amended within a year of the first Parliament meeting after the promulgation of the new constitution. The deadline to revise contradictory laws will end on March 5. “We have identified more than 100 contradictory laws that need to be brought into conformity with the new statute. We’ll amend them before the deadline,” said Ramesh Dhakal, joint secretary at the law ministry.
“Some contradictory laws have already been amended,” Dhakal said, adding that some of the old provisions contradicted provisions related to federalism in the constitution.
According to Law Secretary Rajib Gautam, contradictory laws will be amended once laws related to rights of federal, provincial and local governments are framed.
If contradictory laws are not amended by March 5 they will be automatically annulled.
Law minister Dhakal said there was enough time to amend the contradictory laws.
According to the ministry’s statement, it will work to develop common understanding and views on interconnected constitutional rights among three tiers of governments.
A version of this article appears in print on September 18, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.