KATHMANDU, AUGUST 11
National Assembly member Prakash Pantha has complained about misuse of words related to persons with disabilities in the Parliament by high-ranking officials in their speeches and even in media.
Speaking in the special hour of today's NA meeting, Pantha, who is affiliated to Nepali Congress, mentioned that the use of insensitive language had caused unhappiness and hurt the sentiments of persons with disabilities.
He opined that such derogatory words were used to point out the weakness and failure of persons with disabilities and drew the attention of the government to the need to control such language.
Similarly, Komal Oli of the CPN-UML expressed the view that continuity should be given to good activities started by the erstwhile government and demanded investigation into corruption-related cases. Oli also asked the government to arrange free health service to all the people and questioned the government over the inordinate delay in providing vaccines against coronavirus to all eligible groups.
She said the CPN-UML wanted to be a constructive opposition and added that her party had criticised the wrong deeds of the government.
CPN-Maoist Centre's Ram Narayan Bidari said democracy that was about to be destroyed was revived by reinstating the dissolved House of Representatives. Referring to the erstwhile prime minister calling the incumbent 'government a government of mandamus' - government formed by the court - Bidari said it was from the court that the parties had to seek justice when the president shunned her responsibilities.
"The court delivered justice," he said.
Stating that the common minimum programmes of the coalition government were positive, he said the programmes would help the government operate effectively.
He took time to accuse the previous government of failing to achieve success and engaging merely in inauguration ceremonies.
Likewise, CPN-UML's Ramlakhan Chamar drew the government's attention towards the constant inundation issues facing settlements at the Gandak Canal and said the Government of India did not compensate the Nepali people affected by the project as per the agreement. Seeking the formation of a parliamentary panel to probe the issue, he demanded that the government address the problems of affected victims and ensure proper compensation to them.
Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal's Pramila Kumari sought the dismissal of unconstitutional and political appointments made by then KP Sharma Oli–led government at different times after the dissolution of the HoR.
Welcoming the common minimum programmes of the coalition government, she said the commitments to amendment of the constitution and unveiling the report of the Lal Commission had sent a positive message to the Madhes.
Similarly, parliamentarians have called on the government to put in place necessary health infrastructure.
A version of this article appears in the print on August 12 2021, of The Himalayan Times.