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Debate flares in CA over SRC report

Kathmandu, March 26: Deliberations on the report of the State Restructuring Commission continued at the meeting of the Constituent Assembly (CA) today.


The CA members expressing their views over the report today had varied opinions, over the report of the SRC, with some complaining that the report had led to further confusion while some calling to incorporate the positive aspects of the two different reports submitted by the Commission.


Some of the CA members also accused the Commission of bringing into dispute the issues already agreed upon at the Committee on Restructuring of the State under the Constituent Assembly, most notable the proposal of the Commission for a three-tier of federal structure.


The CA members, taking part in the deliberations, today also said it would not be just to federate the country on grounds of economic viability only. Some called for deliberations also on the differing views expressed over the report by a minority of the Commission members.

They also called for special rights to the ethnic groups and regions, who have lagged behind due to indifference of the state in the past.


Few members of the CA were of the view that an ethnic state was being misinterpreted, and stressed on the need to constitute states along with ethnic identity.


The CA members were of the view that the federal structure of new Nepal should empower the people, and called for a scientific federalization of the country by considering all possible basis including identity, geography, viability and administrative convenience.


Reiterating his party’s position against federalism, Chitra Bahadur KC of Rastriya Janamorcha Nepal, said federalism was not necessary for overall development of the country.


Also taking part in the deliberations today were Jitendra Sonal of Tarai Madhesh Loktantrik Party, Lokendra Bahadur Chand of RPP, Chandra Dev Joshi of CPN (United), Sunil Prajapati of Nepal Workers’ and Peasants’ Party, Laxman Lal Karna of Nepal Sadbhawana Party, Pari Thapa of CPN (Unified) and Eknath Dhakal of Pariwal Dal.


Likewise, Independent CA member Sadrul Miya Haque, UCPN (Maoist)’s Biswabhakta Dulal, Minendra Rijal of Nepali Congress, CPN-UML’s Ram Chandra Jha, UCPN (Maoist)’s Pushpa Bikram Malla, NC’s Jeep Tsering Lama, CPN-UML’s Raj Bahadur Budha, UCPN (Maoist)’s Dama Sharma, NC’s Shobhakar Parajuli, CPN-UML’s Lucky Sherpa and UCPN (Maoist)’s Hariraj Khewa Limbu expressed their views over the report of the Commission.


Similarly, CA member Badshah Kurmi, CPN-UML’s Dal Bahadur Rana, UCPN (Maoist)’s Karnajit Budhathoki, Krishna Bahadur Gurung and Surya Bahadur Sen, CPN-UML’s Kul Prasad Nepal and Gopal Thakur also commented on the SRC report.


The Constituent Assembly shall meet again at 11:00 am tomorrow. RSS

Published Date: Monday, March 26th, 2012 | 08:42 PM

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