KATHMANDU, July 22
The Constituent Assembly’s Committee on Citizen Relations and Public Opinion Collection, which was supposed to prepare its report on feedback on draft constitution on Wednesday and submit it to the CA chairman tomorrow, will not be able to meet the deadline as feedback from 72 of the 75 districts is yet to reach the CA Secretariat.
“We have, so far, received the reports of only three districts – Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchowk,” said the panel Chairperson Pramila Rana.
CA Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang instructed the panel to complete the task as soon as possible without determining the time, Rana said, adding, “The panel will submit its report within four-five days.”
People’s feedback was focused on need for directly-elected prime minister or President, direct election for chiefs of wards of local bodies and religious freedom instead of secularism, said Bidur Prasad Sapkota, CA member from Kavrepalanchowk. “Most of the youths demanded to fix graduation or master’s degree as educational qualification to become a Parliament member or government minister in both centre and states. They also put maximum age bar of 65-years for them,” he said.
CA member Prabhadevi Bajracharya, who returned from Sankhuwasabha, said people were concerned about ensuring maximum rights for states and different sections of society, such as single women.
However, a clear picture of what suggestions the people gave to the CA will appear only after the CA panel submits its report after compiling feedback from all the 240 election constituencies and suggestions received directly at the CA Secretariat.
A version of this article appears in print on July 23, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.