KATHMANDU, Aug 27: The main opposition Nepali Congress on Tuesday strongly opposed a recent cabinet meeting, which was held through the video conferencing.
During a session of the House of Representatives, lawmakers of the Nepali Congress urged the government not to use information technology while conducting the cabinet meeting citing security risks.
Chief whip of Nepali Congress Balkrishna Khad expressed serious reservation on the recently-amended Government Work Procedure Regulation that paved the way for holding cabinet meeting through video conferencing from outside the country.
"It is not a bad idea to use advanced information technology in this digital era. At the same time, the use of information technology could pose security threats. In this context, there will be a probability of leakage of sensitive information related to cabinet meetings. Therefore, the government should be careful," Khad said during the parliament session while cautioning the government.
He also urged the government to revise the recently-amended Government Work Procedure Regulation.
"If the prime minister can convene the cabinet meeting through video conference from outside the country, can the parliament speaker hold the parliament sessions in a similar situation?" he questioned.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is currently in Singapore for his health check-up, had convened the cabinet meeting through video conferencing on Monday. This was the first time in the history that the cabinet meeting took place by using advanced information technology.
Till now, the prime minister could hold cabinet meetings only inside the country.