Impeachment Recommendation Committee to be formed

KATHMANDU: Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar has proposed major parties in the Parliament to form an Impeachment Recommendation Committee in order to decide which of the impeachment motions registered at the Parliament Secretariat would be put forward for discussions.

Article 101.3 of the Constitution has a provision that, "There shall be an impeachment recommendation committee in the House of Representatives for the purpose of making recommendation after inquiring into whether there exist the ground and reason for moving a motion of impeachment against any person."

Speaker Gharti had held a meeting with leaders of major parties today and made the proposal.

However, the meeting could not make any concrete decision. But, they agreed to hold further discussions on the issue on September 29, according to Speaker Gharti.

The committee would comprise 11 members according to Article 101.4 of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, Speaker Gharti also fixed the date of October 1 to hold an election to fill the vacant position of chairperson of the Agriculture and Water Resources Committee of the Parliament.

She also proposed another election for the chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee, but the date has not been fixed yet.

The two chairs have remained vacant after AWRC Chairman Gagan Thapa became the Minister for Health and PAC Chair Janardan Sharma was named the Minister for Energy in the new government.

Speaker Gharti also requested the parties to give full shape to the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee. The three membership positions in the panel are vacant as its members Bal Krishna Khand, Prakash Sharan Mahat and Hitraj Pandey became ministers in the new Cabinet.