KATHMANDU, Nov 9: A parliamentary committee has directed the government not to implement the decision to use ‘Nepal’ instead of ‘Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal’ as the official name of the country.
The State Affairs and Good Governance Committee under the House of Representatives concluded that the official name of the country is “Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal”, directing the government not to implement its earlier decision.
A Cabinet meeting held earlier decided to remove the adjectives, and simply call the country “Nepal”.
The committee also said that a proposal should be tabled in parliament to change the name of the country.
The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, on October 14, had issued a circular asking all government bodies to use ‘Nepal’ as the official name of the country, instead of ‘Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal’.
A section of politicians, including those belonging to the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), have argued that this was a conspiracy to weaken, if not abolish, the federal system of governance adopted after the political changes of 2006.