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Public hearings on statute begin today

Prakash Acharya

KATHMANDU, July 19

Constituent Assembly Secretariat will begin two-day public hearings throughout the country as part of its drive to collect people’s feedback on the first draft of the new constitution.

“Preparation for the programmes in all the 240 constituencies has been completed. The teams of CA members and government staffers have already been mobilised, while some leaders are preparing to leave for their destinations tomorrow,” said Bharat Raj Gautam, spokesperson for the CA Secretariat.

The government has already announced public holiday on Monday and Tuesday to ensure maximum participation of people in public hearings to be organised in all the constituencies on the two days.

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The CA Secretariat has so far received more than 12,700 suggestions on the draft constitution, including 4,000 via email, 5,000 via CA website, 2,000 from toll-free numbers from within the country and 1,700 suggestions via its email and website from Nepalis living outside the country, said Gautam.

CA will receive feedback through its email, website and toll-free number till Wednesday morning, according to him.

CA members have been mobilised to conduct hearings in constituencies of their choice by informing the CA Secretariat, according to Gautam. Leaders of dissident Madhes-based parties, however, have already said that they would not participate in the CA’s feedback collection programmes.

CA Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang will receive suggestions from various organisations at his office in Singha Durbar for two days, according to CA Secretariat’s assistant spokesperson Sudarshan Kuinkel.

Programme

  • Public hearings to begin with National Anthem
  • Minute’s silence to follow as a tribute to martyrs
  • CA members to highlight salient features of the new statute
  • Floor to be opened for taking views of people verbally and in written form

Who is addressing where?

  • PM Sushil Koirala in Nepalgunj
  • CA Chairman Subas Nembang to receive suggestions at his office in Singha Durbar
  • NC leader Sher Bahadur Deuba in Sundarijal, Kathmandu
  • NC leader Ramchandra Paudel in Tanahun
  • CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli in Jhapa
  • UML’s Madhav Kumar Nepal in Rautahat
  • UML leader Jhalanath Khanal in Ilam
  • UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal in Siraha
  • UCPN-M leader Baburam Bhattarai in Gorkha Bazaar
  • MJF(D) Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar in Sunsari

Schedule for Kathmandu

  • Dasharath Stadium: 7:30-10:30am
  • Bhagawati Secondary School, Sankhu: 7:30am
  • Swarasati Secondary School, Koteshwor: 2:00pm
  • Alapot, Kageshwori: 7:00-11:00am
  • Basketball court, Golfutar: 7:30-10:30am
  • Milan Chowk, Kapan party palace: 2:00-5:00pm
  • Purano VDC building, Tokha: 7:30am
  • Dhumbarahi party palace: 2:30pm
  • Mansingh Dharma Higher Secondary School, Manamaiju: 7:30am
  • Balaju park: 11:00am
  • Gyanodaya Higher Secondary School, Bafal: 8:00am
  • Tinkune ground, Kuleshwor: 8:00am-12:00noon
  • Panga party palace, Kirtipur: 8:00am

A version of this article appears in print on July 20, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.


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