KATHMANDU, August 2: Taking time in special and zero hour of the Legislature-Parliament meeting on Wednesday, lawmakers drew the attention of the government and House towards various contemporary issues.
During the special hour, Dhanraj Gurung of Nepali Congress aired his concern over 'no higher-level probe' into the fake VAT bills issues. The House was never to be supposed to remain silent in such situation, he asserted, asking the government why it was non- vocal over the Nepal Oil Corporation's land procurement issue.
CPN (UML)'s Dr Gangalal Tuladhar, demanding the government to immediately bring the Education Rule for what he said preventing the education from facing a chaos, urged it not to set back the Teachers Service Commission exam scheduled for upcoming August 19.
The economic situation of National Trading Limited was worsening day by day, said CPN (Maoist) Centre's Ram Narayan Bidari, accusing the NOC of not abiding by the procurement rules while purchasing the land from the Limited. He and Meena Pun also took the time to call on the government to deal with the demands of Prof Dr Govinda KC seriously.
Rastriya Janata Party's Brijesh Kumar Gupta accused the government of being biased while acquiring land in Tilaurakot, Kapilvastu and demanded the government pay the farmers justifiably and then only acquire their property.
Federal Socialist Forum's Dr Shivajee Yadav informed the meeting that most districts in the Tarai Madhesh failed to see timely rice cultivation due to delayed rainfalls there, demanding compensation to the farmers.
UML's Aindra Sundar Nembang stressed that three should be no delay in allocating rights to the local-level.
Nepal Worker and Peasants' Party Dilli Prasad Kafle said rural women are still forced to undergo home birth as health facilities there are running out of health workers. Besides, date expired medicines and outdated medical equipments have been supplied to rural areas.
Prior to this, speaking in a zero hour, lawmakers sought the government intervention against the use of harmful pesticides on agricultural produces as it had contributed to the increasing number of kidney, high blood pressure and heart patients. Farmers should be encouraged for organic or pesticides-free farming, they stressed.
Repair of the Beni-Jomsom road section damaged by the rains, delimitation of election constituencies on the basis of geography and population, collection of local representatives' suggestions and the Rastra Bank's effective role were other demands raised at this moment.
Dulari Harijan, Dharmendra Kumar Saha Teli, Nagendra Kumar Teli, Nawaraj Sharma, Pachkarna Rai, Prakash Sharma Poudel and Prem Suwal were among putting their views. RSS