Speaker Mahara stresses need for formulating laws

Kathmandu, July 20

Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara has said it is necessary to formulate new laws for the implementation of the constitution.

At an interaction organised by National Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development here today, Speaker Mahara said federal parliamentarians had the responsibility of drafting many new laws for effective implementation of the constitution.

“Formulating new laws is a major task for all. Now some laws are being formulated. I hope the government will bring bills as soon as possible,” he added.

Stating that federal, provincial and local-level elections were held as the first step towards constitution implementation, Speaker Mahara said the federal system was being practised by forming governments at three different levels.

Similarly, Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) Chief Whip Dev Gurung said the country would move towards prosperity if laws were formulated keeping in mind Sustainable Development Goals. He added that lawmakers’ role would be important in achieving SDGs.

Likewise, main opposition Nepali Congress Chief Whip Balkrishna Khand said development in the country was not possible only by including various dimensions of population and development while enacting laws. Presenting a working paper on the ‘role of lawmakers in the implementation of the constitution’, former chief justice Kalyan Shrestha stressed the need for unity among political parties for effective implementation of laws. He further warned that the constitution could fail if implementation of laws was not effective.

Former vice-chair of the National Planning Commission Swarnim Wagle presented a working paper on the ‘role of parliamentarians in achieving SDGs’.

Forum chair Mahalaxmi Upadhyay shared that the forum was organising seminars, discussions and  conducting research to enhance the capacity of lawmakers. She also suggested extending the organisational structures of the forum to the local levels.