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Seminars taking toll on constitution drafting since long time

N24, KATHMANDU: Here are political parties backing out from going overboard when criticism mounts.

As many as 16 lawmakers wer left to drop plan to fly out on March 16. They were about to fly as far away as scenic Zuric to attend a seminar on peace and constitution making.

The organiser was Nepal Transition to Peace with support from the Swiss government. Of course they were dreaming to fly while the task of drafting the constitution belongs to no one now.

It may be said that a talkathon hosted by UNDP/Constitutional Advisory Support Unit and GTZ had come to the conclusion that talks held abroad are disruptive for constitution drafting for constitution drafting.

Than there is another report by Martin Chautari that says seminars have had debilitating effect on attendance at constituent assembly. It quotes spearker Subas Nembang warning against any participation.

Legislators have at best left the constituent assembly after signing in.

There is another report that says in April 2010 alone as many as 165 members left for foreign shores. Such tours are funded by INGOs and the donor communities including embassies.

By April 2010 as many165 had flown out. One can calculate what must have happened by 2012.

Martin Chautari report claimed legislators are now selective when taking part in such seminars.

While Jaya Prakash Gupta is cooling heels in Dillibazar prison, here is what he has proudly said. While trying to inflate his illgotten wealth he has said that 70 percent of his earnings were from attending seminars.

Here’s paying tribute to his earning skills.

Published Date: Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 | 06:15 PM

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