Supreme Court annuls law that supports monthly facilities for local people's reps

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court has annulled the laws providing for monthly facilities to the people's representatives of local levels in six state assemblies, except that of Province 1.

A constitutional bench comprising Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher JB Rana and justices Deepak Kumar Karki, Kedar Prasad Chalise, Meera Khadka, and Hari Krishna Karki gave the verdict to this effect today.

Supreme Court's information officer Devendra Dhakal said, "The constitutional bench has announced the decision to rescind the laws related to the remuneration, salary and facilities the local level office-bearers had been drawing.”

The law has been annulled as the provisions in the Act regarding the services and facilities clashed with Article 220 (8) and Article 227 of the Constitution of Nepal, he added.

With this decision of the constitutional court, 29,500 local people's representatives will be without the monthly facilities.

The Supreme Court's decision comes in response to a writ filed on August 18 by Advocate Lokendra Bahadur KC arguing that the salary, allowances and remunerations which the local level office-bearers were drawing were unconstitutional.