Naturalised citizens won't get major posts, assures PM

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal clarified on Friday that the next amendment to the Constitution would not allow naturalised citizens to hold key positions of the state as rumoured.

Naturalised citizens would be restricted from holding the key positions from chief minister of a province to the president, PM informed against the rumours that the new amendment would allow such citizens to hold any position after they complete 10 years of citizenship.

The CPN Maoist Chairman was responding to a delegation of Kaski district.

Dahal said the government would propose a single amendment to the citizenship provision; that is to let a foreign woman marrying to a Nepali man get the naturalised citizenship after she gave up another citizenship, he said.

Such provision, however, already exists in Article 11 of the Constitution.

"Many rumours are rife in the market about the Constitution amendment," he said, "But, they are not true."

Meanwhile, Dahal informed that the government was planning to introduce a supplementary budget very soon and it would incorporate some programmes focused on poverty alleviation.