KATHMANDU, Nov 28: The home ministers of all the seven provinces are going to meet Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal today in Kathmandu with the aim of resolving the demand of police force adjustment between the provinces and the federal government.
The home ministers of six provinces of the country had demanded the central government transfer the police service to the provinces within mid-August on the basis of the Police Adjustment Act and the Police Coordination Act. They made the demand through the Janakpurdham Declaration issued at the end of a program on the exchange of experiences in law and order and disaster management by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Madesh Province.
In the third week of October, the Madhesh Provincial government submitted a letter to PM Dahal with a 30-day ultimatum to meet their demand of police adjustment.
Home minister of Madhesh Province, Mohammad Samim informed Republica that he is scheduled to meet PM Dahal at 2 PM and Home Minister Narayankaji Shrestha at 3 PM today.
He said, “Now, collectively, we will fight with the federal government for the transfer of constitutional rights.”
Samim stated, "Now, collectively, we will advocate with the federal government for the transfer of constitutional rights. After meeting the home minister, if the federal government continues to delay the adjustment of the police, we will proceed according to our own plan."
In response to the delay in police adjustment, the Madhesh government has filed two cases at the Supreme Court against the federal government, mentioning that the absence of provincial police has hindered efforts to strengthen peace and security.
The Police Adjustment Act, passed by the Federal Parliament and certified on February 11, 2020, aimed to transfer police administration, personnel, and structures to the provinces. However, the federal government has yet to implement this transfer, resulting in the constitutional rights of provinces, such as maintaining peace and security, remaining unfulfilled.