Despite the rising number of COVID patients, the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee of the House of Representatives (HoR) has announced that it will continue monitoring in the areas that are directly concerned with citizens' life.

The committee's Chair Shashi Shrestha said today's meeting decided to carry out monitoring even in the midst of COVID pandemic to discuss the issue of good governance and other areas that have direct impacts on public life.

"We cannot remain aloof from the complex situation in the present context. By adopting health protocols, we need to make people feel the existence of their parents," Shrestha said while sharing the conclusion of the meeting.

According to her, the committee will monitor the issues of artificial shortage of goods, sale of date-expired goods, black-marketing, among others in the time of pandemic.

She said that monitoring would be basically focused inside Kathmandu valley and adjoining regions this time around.

Limited number of people's representatives will participate in the monitoring by following all sorts of health protocols.

In today's meeting of the committee, a sub-committee was formed to study the reports of the Election Commission and the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority, which had submitted its study report.

The committee's members have been given a week's time to offer their recommendations after holding discussions on the reports.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 26, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.