Groundwork begins to prioritise crucial bills

Kathmandu, February 18

The newly elected government has begun groundwork to deal with some crucial bills which were registered in the dissolved Parliament.

According to a source at the Ministry of Law, the Prime Minister’s Office has started to review 16 bills which were registered in the Parliament on various dates but could not be passed.

“The bill related to National Assembly election is on the top of the priorities bills,” Under-secretary of the Parliament Adhiraj Rai, told The Himalayan Times.

He also said that the as per the constitutional provision, the ordinances must be passed within six months from the date of issue. Otherwise, they will automatically become inactive.

Likewise, the ordinance related to national medical education has also been prioritised by the new government. The bill was brought to adders the demand put forth by agitating Dr Govinda KC, but it was stuck in the Women, Children and Social Welfare committee of the Parliament.

The bill formulated to unify and amend the rights, duties and business of the Public service commission is also a crucial bill. “The passage of the bill will allow the PSC to expand it sections in all the province so that it can also select staffers for the local government”, he said.

The bill related to pays and perks of former high-level office bearers is also a priority bill. The bill registered by the then deputy prime minister and home minister Bimalendra Nidhi, was under consideration of the State Affair Committee of the previous Parliament. As per parliamentary law, the bills that could not be passed during the tenure of a Parliament should be re-entered into the parliamentary process.

The Parliament has also other bills which must be taken to the parliamentary process again. Parliament Spokesperson Bharat Gautam said that the newly elected Parliament has only seven months to pass more than 100 laws to be tuned with the constitution. According to him the dissolved Legislative Parliament had passed 193 bills. “The Parliament is likely to focus on formulation of laws only after one month, because the starting month of the first session has to focus on formulating parliamentary rules and regulations, election of speaker and deputy speakers and the process of the PM’s vote of confidence.