Kathmandu, August 27
The government has registered 16 out of 17 bills related to fundamental laws at the parliament till today.
The only bill remaining to be registered at the Parliament is the right against torture. There are 31 fundamental rights and duties in the constitution. Out of them 17 new laws are required to take it to 31 fundamental right related laws.
According to the Nepal’s constitution, which was promulgated in September 2015, all the fundamental laws related bills should be promulgated before midnight of September 19. Article 47 of the constitution says that the state shall, as required, make legal provisions for the implementation of the rights conferred by this part within three years of the commencement of this constitution. Otherwise the government should amend the constitution for further process.
The government started to register the law related bills only a few months before. “There is only one fundamental law related bill registered in the Parliament,” Deputy-Spokesperson of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry Hum Bahadur KC said, adding, the only remaining bill to be registered bill is the right against torture.
He further said the government is in the mood to come up with fundamental rights related laws on time, but it all depends on the Parliament now. “The government will register the remaining bills within some days,” he said. The registered bills which in process at the Parliament are right to social justice, right to social security, right of victim of crime, right against preventive detention, right against exploitation, right to clean environment, rights of child, rights of women, rights of senior citizens, rights of Dalit, right related to food, right to privacy, right to employment, right to health, right to property and right to housing.
“The bills which were registered in the House are in the process of becoming laws,” Deputy Spokesperson of the Federal Parliament Kesab Aryal said, adding, some of them have been sent to the related thematic committees. He said if the government goes through the process for a bill to pass and become law, it will take at least 20 days through the normal process. He added if it is fast-tracked, it can become law even within a day.” He said that if the Parliament goes through the normal process, these bill will not become laws by September 19.
Bills need careful scrutiny: Thapa
KATHMANDU: The main opposition Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Thapa is not happy with the way the government has drafted the bills of fundamental laws.
He said those bills have many mistakes. “Those bills registered in the Parliament were not drafted with proper discussion with related people,” he said, adding, that’s the reason behind registering amendments to most of the bills. He said these bills were not like other laws. “They should be discussed and corrected. It will be a disaster if the Parliament tries to fast-track the process,” he said.
He added that the government couldn’t say it didn’t have enough time. He added, “These bills related to fundamental laws should not be passed without proper discussion.”
A version of this article appears in print on August 28, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.