KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Amid public criticisms that the design of the logo distributed to lawmakers was faulty and less attractive, the Federal Parliament has returned all the batch pins (i.e. logos) distributed earlier to the lawmakers to the Office of Cottage and Small Industries (OCSI) of Bagmati Province for improvement in design and decoration.
According to Spokesperson of the Federal Parliament Secretariat Dr Rojanath Pandey, the OCSI in Lalitpur has been asked to improve both the design and decoration of the batch pins to be worn by lawmakers as its earlier design and decoration courted huge public criticisms. The OCSI has also expressed commitment to revise Nepal's updated political map put in the batch pins and ensure its quality as per the set criteria.
Spokesperson Dr Pandey said they had ordered a total 350 pieces of the batch pins as it was necessary to keep the updated political map of the country in the logo to be worn by the lawmakers after the federal parliament unanimously endorsed a new political map of the country in June.
A joint meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of both the Houses on May 24 had decided to update the logo being used by the lawmakers as per the recent amendment made in the Constitution of Nepal that endorsed the new map of Nepal including the ‘encroached’ territory of Nepal. The Parliament Secretariat started preparing the new logo following the decision.
The Federal Parliament Secretariat on Sunday had started distributing the batch pins to the lawmakers. The new logo distributed to lawmakers includes Nepal’s revised political map that includes Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura that are currently controlled by India.
The new logo with a diameter of 3.5 centimeter contains 0.2332 grams of plated gold and 11.66 grams of silver base. General Secretary Gautam informed that the logo was manufactured by the Office of Cottage and Small-scale Industries under the Bagmati Province Government. The logo costs Rs 5,527 each.
The Federal Parliament Secretariat’s move to return the logo to OCSI, Lalitpur comes shortly after the design and decoration of the logo courted huge public controversy. Some of the lawmakers even announced in public that they would not wear it, questioning the quality of design and decoration.