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NC promises another constitutional amendment

To endorse party’s policy and programmes today

Prakash Acharya
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Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli (3rd from right) along with Chief Minister of Bihar state of India Nitish Kumar (4th from left) and other foreign delegates and top leaders attend the inaugural session of the 13th general convention of the Nepali Congress party in Khulamanch, Kathmandu, on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Photo: Skanda Gautam

Kathmandu, March 4

The Nepali Congress has promised another amendment to the constitution to address the issue of boundaries of federal units and other agendas raised by the Madhesi people.

Unveiling its future programme today, the NC also emphasised on constitution implementation, economic and social development and revamping of the party’s internal organisation.

The 26-page document prepared by Acting President Ramchandra Paudel-led committee and presented today at the closed session of the NC’s 13th National General Convention for discussion stated that the party would work to remove the misgivings against the new constitution through amendment(s).

The document presented by the Central Working Committee member Mahesh Acharya states that the Congress would play a leading role in settling the contentious issues federal boundaries, naming of federal units, administrative management and bringing laws and policies for identification, mobilisation and utilisation of all resources of the country. “Implementation of all these complex issues is possible only under the leadership of the Congress.

NC will be committed to fulfilling these historic responsibilities whether it is in the government or outside,” states the NC’s document.

Tomorrow’s session of the NGC will endorse the document after discussing it, said NC’s publicity department chief Minendra Rijal.

Accepting that the plain region is the foundation and major vote bank of the Congress, the NC stated it would genuinely address the agendas of autonomy, self-respect, identity, respect of language and culture of the plain region.

Apart from that the NC will work to address economic and social agendas of the Tarai.

The document states that NC will actively work for a balanced and inclusive development as per the spirit of democratic socialism. Construction of north-south highways, establishment of railways and management of irrigation in the Tarai region are other priorities of the Congress.

The party also announced special programmes for the development of Karnali and remote mountain regions.

Social policies and programmes of the NC include making institutional arrangements for the security of marginalised community, empowerment and inclusion of underprivileged groups, adaptation of basic principles of modernisation and industrialisation and management of social security.

Launching social movements to eradicate untouchability and superstitions, enhancing the facilities of the old age homes and ensuring cent per cent free transportation for elderly people and setting up separate hospitals for their treatment will be among the NC’s priorities, states the document.

Generating employment for youth to prevent flight of labour abroad, employing educated youths as trainees and volunteers in government, private and community organisations and increasing youth participation in agriculture, construction, tourism and development of information technology are also included in the NC’s programmes.

The NC said it would launch an economic campaign to increase investment, productivity and employment, generate income and use information technology and private cooperatives.

Economic reconstruction, agricultural revolution, expansion of tourism, development of energy, systematic urbanisation and improving physical infrastructure will be other priorities of the Congress.

NC document states that it will give top priority to balanced, friendly, cordial and cooperative relationship with neighbouring India and China.

General secretaries Prakash Man Singh and Krishna Prasad Sitaula presented a report on the party organisation development and Treasurer Chitra Lekha Yadav on the economic development, according to Rijal.

The NC is scheduled to endorse the policy and programmes and two reports tomorrow and hold voting for the party’s CWC’s elected positions on Sunday.


A version of this article appears in print on March 05, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.


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