CA set to get feedback on first draft of statute


Constituent Assembly meeting today concluded discussion on the first draft of new constitution and mandated its Committee on Citizen Relations and Public Opinion Collection to come up with 15-day work plan for accomplishing the task of collecting people’s feedback when the CA meets next at 11:00am on July 9.

The first draft will be published in the gazette tomorrow itself and the CA will begin formal process of collecting people’s feedback from July 9 after it endorses the work plan of the panel on the day, said CA Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang.

The CA will complete taking people’s feedback by July 23 as per the proposed plan. It will collect feedback by organising programmes from centre to VDC or municipality levels, said sources at the panel.

All-party meetings will be held at local levels and discussions will be organised at all constituencies in the presence representatives of political parties, civil society and other social organisations of local level.

A team of CA members will be deployed to each constituency to participate in the constituency-level discussions, according to sources. As the Legislature Parliament will have to endorse Vote on Accounts Bill by July 16, the teams of CA members will leave for their assigned constituencies only after endorsing the Bill.

Feedback collection teams will reach out to the people with only one question: What is your say on the draft of new constitution that CA prepared as per your suggestions?

An individual can give feedback through email or on toll free phone number from July 9 and it will be arranged by the CA Secretariat, according to the proposed plan.

Chief District Officer and Local Development Officer of each district will be mobilised to convene programmes at constituency level and secretaries of VDCs and wards of municipalities will be mobilised to convene discussions at the local levels.

The CA Secretariat will organise a press meet on July 9 for the publicity of the first draft, according to the plan.

During the five-day discussions on the theoretical aspect that began on Friday, CA members opined to settle the remaining issues of federalism — at least demarcation of the boundaries of the federal units — prior to delivering the new constitution. They also demanded to incorporate the concerns of Dalits, women and indigenous communities and maintain equality in the provisions related to citizenship certificate.