Nepal | September 17, 2019

Citizenship bill delayed

Himalayan News Service

KATHMANDU: The Parliamentary State Affairs and Good Governance Committee had formed a nine-member sub-committee on March 21 to complete the remaining task of Nepal Citizenship Bill, especially with regard to obtaining naturalised citizenship certificate, within 15 days.

It has been over a month, but the sub-panel led by Nepal Communist Party (NCP) lawmaker Bijay Subba hasn’t come up with the final report. “We need to discuss more in the bill,” said Yasoda Gurung Subedi, a member of the sub-panel. She also said they were engaged with other bills.

A member of the sub-panel told THT that coordinator of the sub-panel Subba has been absent without information, which had caused the delay.

The task of the sub-committee is to garner all-party consensus on distributing naturalised citizenship and working out the punishment provisions. “But the sub-committee is yet to hold meetings with all the parties concerned,” said a sub-panel member.

A version of this article appears in print on April 24, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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