Lawmakers demand LBRC report be reviewed

KATHMANDU: Lawmakers of various parties have demanded that the report of Local Bodies Restructuring Commission should be reviewed as it failed to address sentiments of locals.

Speaking during the special hour of the Parliament today, the Members of Parliament, of Nepali Congress in particular, reminded the government that people in various districts staged protests demanding the review.

Jagadish Narsingha KC and Kamala Panta of Nepali Congress argued that the LBRC did not listen to voices raised by locals and political parties in their respective districts, Nuwakot and Gorkha.

Citing that locals engaged in a violent clash with the District Development Committee officials in Nuwakot district last week, lawmaker KC said the situation could go out of control if the report was not reviewed as per suggestions from local political parties.

Likewise, Panta said people of Gorkha also would not agree with the report.

Meanwhile, CPN-UML lawmaker Prakash Jwala criticised the government for failing to probe the seizure of 33 kg gold from the Tribhuvan International Airport a couple of weeks ago and take action against the persons involved in the smuggling.

Jwala, who heads the Finance Committee of the House, said the government failed to walk the talk even after Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara had expressed a sincere commitment to probe the case pronto.

He referred to some media reports and suspected that people involved in the smuggling were trying to influence the appointment of next Inspector General of Nepal Police.

The incumbent IG Upendra Kant Aryal is retiring next month.

Meanwhile, the next Parliament meeting shall take place at 3 pm on Tuesday.