KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 18
Constitution Day is being observed with various programmes across the country today. The day marks the promulgation of the constitution written by the people's representatives from the Constituent Assembly on 20 September 2015.
The present constitution is the seventh written constitution of Nepal, which has aimed to establish socialism via citizen's socioeconomic and cultural rights. It bears special significance for it was promulgated by the Constituent Assembly that was based on second people's movement, peace accord and peace process.
The peace accord was signed earlier between the seven political parties and the rebellious CPN-Maoist.
Importantly, it has formally institutionalised the new system of federal democratic republic with the abolition of unitary system and monarchy.
There are currently seven provinces, 753 local levels and a federal government as per the new system, which is said to deliver public service at citizen's door step.
The day is being marked from September 19 to 21, as per the government decision with illumination in the country and Nepali embassies and missions abroad. It is the seventh Constitution Day.
A main celebration committee has been formed under the coordination of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to mark Constitution Day.
A special function is being organised at Army Pavilion at Tundikhel this morning.
The constitution promulgated by the citizens of the Nepal for themselves is being embraced by one and all gradually. The incumbent government has put in place necessary policies and laws to enforce the constitution while efforts are under way to implement federalism effectively in the country.
Earlier, the publicity sub-committee under the main organising committee had already urged all private, community and government media to disseminate and publicise Constitution Day.
Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and coordinator of the publicity committee Baikuntha Aryal, shared that the decision was taken on September 8 to appeal to all the Nepali citizens to keep the national flag in their houses on this very day.
Similarly, Nepal Telecommunications has been sending SMS and congratulatory messages to its subscribers on the occasion of the Constitution Day. Display boards will flash congratulatory message on the day.
Furthermore, awareness drive, discourses and discussions are being organised on the occasion. Special features of Constitution Day have been published in the print media and electronic media and special programmes being broadcast and telecast on the occasion.
Likewise, state-owned media such as Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Nepal Television, Radio Nepal and Gorkhapatra Sansthan have been disseminating special articles, stories, news and commentaries on various dimensions of the constitution.
The national charter has 35 Parts, 308 Articles and 9 Schedules.
Likewise, efforts were coordinated among the Kathmandu Metropolitan City and other sub-metropolis as well as local levels to keep display board in and out of the Kathmandu Valley.
Nepal Television and Radio Nepal will livecast the formal celebration of Constitution Day to be held at the Army Pavilion at Tundikhel in Kathmandu.
A version of this article appears in the print on September 19 2021, of The Himalayan Times.