Taskforce readies House regulation

Kathmandu, September 18:

The 50-member taskforce formed to prepare Legislative-Parliament Regulation of the Constituent Assembly (CA) today finalised the regulation, which would be officially endorsed on Sunday.

The Legislative-Parliament Regulation is a procedural law that gives guideline to the functioning of the Legislative-Parliament under the CA.

The taskforce led by CA member Narayanman Bijuckchhe was formed to prepare regulations for the functioning of the legislative session of the CA.

Agni Prasad Kharel, one of the taskforce members, said the regulation was almost complete. “We were able to sort

our some of the key contentious issues in today’s meeting,” Kharel added.

According to him, the taskforce members were undecided on women CA members’ demand that they be allowed to form a caucus within the Legislative-Parliament.

However, the taskforce sorted out the issue by reaching an understanding that there would be a separate Women, Social Welfare and Children Committee in the Legislative-Parliament.

This committee would look into the matters concerned with Ministry of Women,

Social Welfare and Children and the Ministry of Health and Population. The taskforce also agreed that the House retained rights to approve or reject any international convention or treaty the government reaches as a State party. The taskforce, however, failed to reach an understanding on CA Regulations due to the parties’ row over their respective representation in the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC). Fringe parties are insisting on their representation in the CDC and in all ten proposed subject committees.

CA Regulations give procedural guideline to drafting new constitution for which 10 subject committees have been proposed to facilitate the CDC.

Kharel said they would discuss it after the Legislative-Parliament Regulation is officially endorsed by the full House on Sunday.