Lower House adjourned for a week

KATHMANDU: Today’s meeting of the House of Representatives was postponed for a week after both the ruling party and the main opposition failed to forge consensus on the disputed Medical Education Bill.

The Nepali Congress obstructed the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) from presenting the Medical Education Bill in the HoR meeting. NC wants that the government to pass the Medical Education Ordinance issued by the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government as Medical Education Bill without any changes. The NCP, however, claims that the bill they were going to present has incorporated the recommendations furnished by a special task force led by Kedar Bhakta Mathema.

There was no agenda for presenting the Medical Education Bill in today’s meeting of the HoR. Rather, Finance Minister Dr Yubaraj Khatiwada was to present Insurance Bill in the meeting.

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel said the Medical Education Bill would not be amended and efforts to forge consensus on the same would continue.

When no consensus could be reached on the issue, Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara adjourned the House of Representatives till 1:00pm on July 27.