Eleven constitutional bodies recommended

KATHMANDU: The Constituent Assembly Committee to Determine the Structure of Constitutional Bodies tabled its initial draft report at today’s CA meeting recommending the provision of 11 constitutional bodies in the new statute.

Of the 11 bodies, as per the recommendation, only four — Public Service Commission, Election Commission, Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority and Audit Commission — have executive power whereas other seven have only the power of making recommendations to the government for execution on the issues under their purview.

The other seven proposed constitutional bodies include: Human Rights Commission, Women Commission, Dalit Commission, Indigenous Nationalities Commission, Madhesi Commission, Muslim Commission, and Commission to Protect the Welfare of People

with Disability, Minorities, Marginalised Community and Underprivileged Group and Sector.

CA chairman Subas Nembang today announced

that the CA full meeting would discuss the report

for five days beginning

on July 8. Commission chairman Govinda Chaudhari tabled the report.

There are only five constitutional bodies that are independent entities in the interim constitution. They are Public Service Commission, Election Commission, Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, National Human Rights Commission and Office of Auditor General. Office of Attorney General is also a constitutional

body, but it is not an independent entity since the prime minister appoints the AG — the legal advisor to the government. This body

has not been included among constitutional bodies in the report.

The President, on the recommendation of Constitutional Council, will appoint chief commissioners and other commissioners of the commissions, as stated in the report. As an alternative provision, as per the report, the appointments will have to be approved through legislative assembly if executive chief appointed the commissioners. All the commissioners should go through parliamentary hearing process prior to their appointment.

The report included the work and duties of the commissioners and the process of appointments and retirement of commissioners. It stated that CIAA and HRC would be formed separately at provincial or state level. Rest of the commissions would have either regional offices or show their presence in provincial or state level as per the laws.