Sapkota to certify five pending bills immediately after appointment

Published On: January 25, 2020 08:11 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 25: Parliament secretariat has planned to certify next week five bills, which were shelved even after endorsement from the parliament in the absence of speaker.

A meeting of the House of Representatives on Sunday afternoon is scheduled to announce election of Agni Prasad Sapkota as speaker unopposed since he is the only candidate for the post. 

According to the parliament secretariat, after the election, Sapkota is expected to sign the bills which will then be forwarded to the president for authentication. 

Bill on the Operation, Supervision and Coordination of Nepal Police and Provincial Police, Police Adjustment Bill, National Identity Card and Civil Registration, Land Related Bill (Eighth Amendment), and Industrial Enterprise Bill are awaiting new speaker for certification. 

Although those bills were endorsed by the parliament in September last year they could not be signed by then speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara as he resigned the post in October first week after being accused of attempting to rape a staffer.

With the bills stuck in parliament in the absence of speaker, a planned adjustment of Nepal Police personnel in the provincial level has been affected.

The Office of the President plans to administer the oath of office to Sapkota on Monday. After taking oath of office at Shital Niwas, Sapkota is scheduled to assume office at Singha Durbar. 

“We have planned to get five pending bills certified by the new speaker on the first day of his appointment,” said lower house secretary Gopal Nath Yogi. 

Provincial governments have long been piling pressure on the federal government to pave the way for them to set up their own police forces, which is among one of the major rights given by the new constitution to the provinces.


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