Home minister pledges to revive Citizenship Bill

Published On: April 11, 2023 04:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 11: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, has said the government would be reviving the bill relating to the Citizenship Act. 

Speaking at a press meet organized by the Press Center, Rupandehi, today, the home minister said, "The right to citizenship is constitutionally guaranteed and none should be forced to live in a state of statelessness."  

"Since I assumed the office as the home minister I have been saying that no one who is eligible to obtain the Nepali citizenship shall be deprived of it," he said, promising to take the bill ahead in a way that it could ensure the people's constitutional right to citizenship.  

The minister further said that national consensus was needed in regard to some of the citizenship issues. As he said, the peace process would conclude only after the completion of issues relating to transitional justice.  

"The process to conclude the transitional justice issues have begun with the presentation of the Bill to amend the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act and the Commission on the Investigation of the Enforced Disappeared," the Minister said.    

The Deputy Prime Minister said prosperity was possible only if we could bring the nation's economy back on track by addressing the existing issues of the economy promptly. He added that discussions with experts were being planned to identify possible ways for the way out.   

DPM Shrestha went on to say that good governance was his priority and he was alert to possible political and other undue pressure.  

He pledged to ensure peace and order and to combat black market and crime.





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