Kathmandu, June 24 As the government refused to provide a lump sum of Rs 200,000 to earthquake victims to rebuild their houses citing rules made by the previous Nepali Congress-led government, the main opposition Nepali Congress party didn’t allow today’s Parliament meeting to proceed. Unnecessary dispute among the ruling CPN-UML and NC has affected implementation of the new constitution and delayed endorsement of several bills. This has further delayed reconstruction works and support to the earthquake victims. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was preparing to address the Parliament session today. However, the Parliament meeting was postponed till 11:00 am Sunday as discussion among the prime minister and NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba in the presence of CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal failed to reach to a conclusion. Following the meeting, NC leader Prakash Saran Mahat said his party wanted the government to provide a lump sum of Rs 200,000 to quake victims. “PM Oli said providing support was not like distributing ‘tiffin’. The Speaker postponed the House meeting as the government was undecided,” Mahat said, adding that the government had finalised the list of earthquake victims only in 11 districts. “The government has assured us that there won’t be any discrimination in the works of National Reconstruction Authority but we want that commitment to be reflected in practice,” he said. On the other hand, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Agni Kharel said the government cannot provide lump sum amount to the victims because of the rules made by the NC-led government. “The government has to follow the rules. Earthquake victims would have received the lump sum amount had the NC-led government not made the rule to provide the amount in installments,” Minister Kharel argued. Kharel also urged the main opposition party to understand the urgency of implementing the new constitution as there were many important bills to be discussed in the Parliament.
NC-UML dispute affects House proceedings
Published: 04:23 am Jun 25, 2016