Need to root out anomalies of parliamentary system stressed


KATHMANDU, June 30: The anomalies seen in the parliamentary system in practice in the country need to be rooted out in order to develop it into a strong and outstanding one.

Speakers participating in the program marking the 59th Parliament Day here today stressed on reforms in the system. The program was organized by the Former-MP’s Forum, Nepal.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Gnaga Prasad Yadav said although the parliamentary system is the best system in the world, it has been given a bad name in Nepal as only the forum for propping up and toppling of governments frequently. He further said the Former MP’s Forum should play a role in bringing improvements in the parliamentary system of the country.

Home Minister Janardan Sharma called on all to join the campaign of development and national prosperity now that the powers of the Singha Durbar (centre) have reached the villages through the local level election.

Stating the suggestions and feedbacks of the former parliamentarians would be important for the present parliament at a time when the country has been poised towards formulating new legislation befitting the country and the changed situation, he urged the Forum to be actively engaged in this task.
He shared that he has directed the body concerned to take the necessary initiatives for making corrections after learning that the former MPs have not been included in the State’s order of precedence.

Former Speaker Taranath Ranabhat emphasized on the need of the political parties themselves to be more serious to strengthen the parliamentary system.

Nepali Congress parliamentary party chief whip, Chinkaji Shrestha, CPN (UML) parliamentary chief whip Bhanubhakta Dhakal and CPN (Maoist Centre) parliamentary secretary Ram Narayan Bidari said they would take the initiatives for providing facilities and services to the former parliamentarians and for determining their order of precedence.

Acting chairman of the Forum Jhalak Nath Wagley said that the government should pay attention on the topics of protocol of the former MPs and facilities for them.

Ashar 16 every year is celebrated as the Parliament Day as per the Nepali calendar. The Day commemorates the day on June 30, 1959 when the MPs elected from Nepal’s first parliamentary election entered Parliament. RSS