KATHMANDU, Feb 6: At least 116 questions have been registered at the parliament secretariat seeking written answers from the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers and different ministries or verbal answers from the prime minister and ministers.
According to Banshi Paudel, chief of question management department of the parliament secretariat, 88 questions have sought verbal answers from the prime minister or ministers while the remaining 28 questions have sought written replies.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to hold a question-answer session with four ministers on eight questions on Wednesday. Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa will face questions from four lawmakers including Devendra Raj Kandel, Dila Sangraula, Ram Bahadur Bista and Ghanashyam Khatiwada. Sangroula has sought answers about the progress on booking the culprit(s) of rape and murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta in Kanchanpur while Khatiwada has asked investigation progress on poisoning on drinking water tank in Morang causing school students ill.
Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens Thammaya Thapa will face questions about the implementation status of the government plan to establish shelter houses for violence-victim women. Lawmaker Khagaraj Adhikari has asked Forest Minister Shakti Basnet about the delay in announcing a Wildlife Park in Pokhara.
Sangraula has asked Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada about the government’s plan to control capital outflow with the abroad trip offer of multinational companies for highest selling dealers. Likewise, Dilendra Badu has asked about the government plan of opening a bank’s branch at a local unit in Darchula.
According to the parliament secretariat, 15 oral questions have been registered seeking oral answers from Prime Minister KP Oli, while three written questions have sought written answers from his office. NC lawmaker Prakash Rasaili has demanded a written reply about Nepal’s official position on the Venezuela issue while Sarita Giri of Rastriya Janata Party Nepal has demanded contract details about the digital action room at the Prime Minister’s Office. Prem Suwal of Nepal Workers and Peasants Party has asked about the motive behind the formation of the judicial commission to probe the wide-body aircraft purchase for Nepal Airlines.
The Prime Minister’s Office or the ministries concerned should provide written answers to parliament within seven days on the questions seeking written answers while prime minister or ministers should table their written answers at the secretariat and read them out in the House meeting on the questions seeking verbal answers. The parliamentary regulation has scheduled the first and third Sundays of every month for questions and answers with the prime minister.