315 laws need to be amended by March 4

Published On: October 15, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal  | @ashokpillar

KATHMANDU, Oct 15: The process of amending some 315 laws contradicting the spirit and provisions of the new constitution could not be started so far due to the indifference shown by various government ministries to study the contradicting provisions in those laws. 

According to the Ministry of Law, any existing law or its provision(s) contradicting the constitution should be either amended or scrapped before March 4, 2019, which is less than five months away.

Article 304 of the constitution states that all laws contradicting the statute will be invalid after a year of the first meeting of the federal parliament, which was held on March 5, earlier this year after the election of the bicameral parliament under the new constitution. 

Although the law ministry asked all other ministries to study the provisions of the existing laws inconsistent with the constitution and come up with amendments two years ago, none of the ministries has done that so far, said deputy spokesman at the law ministry Hum Bahadur KC. 

“After none of the ministries took any initiative to study the laws or their provisions inconsistent with the constitution, the law ministry has sent another letter to all the ministries on Thursday to complete the task at the earliest,” KC said. 

“Most of the existing laws are inconsistent with the constitutional provisions for federal, provincial and local governments or they are not compatible with the changed state structure and policies of inclusion,” said Deputy spokesman KC. 

A total of 339 laws have been implemented, a parliamentary committee report said. 

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