Panel receives feedback from 18 districts


The Committee on Citizen Relations and Public Opinion Collection of the Constituent Assembly has so far received feedback on the draft constitution from only 18 of the 75 districts.

The feedback has arrived from Palpa, Okhaldhunga, Arghakhanchi, Humla, Baitadi, Baglung, Parbat, Gorkha, Solukhumbu, Lamjung, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Kavrepalanchowk, Kailali, Khotang, Dailekh, Rasuwa and Bhojpur, according to the panel’s Chairperson Pramila Rana. “Teams of other districts are preparing report on the feedback and the panel will receive the feedback from the remaining districts by tomorrow. The panel will submit the report by July 28,” she said.

Asked about the method of preparing the final report, CA member Prem Bahadur Giri, coordinator of report preparation sub-committee, said teams of each district are supposed to compile feedback from all constituencies of the district they were assigned to. After the sub-panel receives the reports from all 75 districts, it will prepare a synopsis by incorporating suggestions from all reports. All the district-wise reports will be recorded in the CA Secretariat, according to him.

The synopsis will divide suggestions into four categories – support on the proposed provisions, correction or change demanded on the provisions, opposing views on provisions and issues not related to certain provision of the draft constitution (such issues will be listed under the category of “other”), according to Giri.

A small team of four experts of Ministry of Law, Justice, Constituent Assembly and Parliamentary Affairs and some staffers of the CA Secretariat is already working on the categorisation of the 33,016 suggestions that were received via CA’s website, email, toll-free number and fax and the suggestions listed in the district-wise reports received by the sub-panel so far, according to him. The sub-panel will prepare a single synopsis by incorporating the four categories.